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TechGirls History

Since 2012, TechGirls has trained and mentored 528 teenage girls (ages 15-17). The program began supporting girls from the Middle East and North Africa (Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, and Yemen). In 2019, the program expanded to include young women from Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan). In 2022, the program underwent a global expansion to begin serving girls in six world regions (Western Hemisphere, Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and Eurasia, East Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, and South and Central Asia).

TechGirls connects and supports the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by providing them access and opportunities to advance their skills and pursue their dreams.

Applying Skills
TechGirls have trained over 5,800 other girls in digital and leaderships skills, including computer basics, robotics, film making, building websites, app development, and data analysis.

Tech Achievements
50% report attending and becoming finalists in tech competitions including Lego Engineering Challenges, Microsoft’s DigiGirlz, Microsoft Challenges, and Cisco’s Innovation Grand Challenge.

Community Engagement
95% of the alumni report that their projects addressed community violence, refugee needs, volunteerism, public health, and exposure to technology for marginalized youth. 200+ community projects were conducted helping 6,000+ people.

Boosting Educational Opportunities
100% reported that tech skills made them more competitive in university enrollment, and boosted their confidence to pursue STEM in higher education. 70% report now studying medicine, math, computer science, engineering, or business.

Building a Global Network
Over 3000 U.S. tech professionals, host families, and peers have maintained contact with TechGirls.

U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)

TechGirls is an initiative of the  opens in a new windowU.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural AffairsThe Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA) mission is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange that assist in the development of peaceful relations. As mandated by the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) works to build friendly, peaceful relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through academic, cultural, sports and professional exchanges, as well as public -private partnerships.

In an effort to reflect the diversity of the United States and global society, ECA programs, funding, and other activities encourage the involvement of American and international participants from traditionally underrepresented groups, including women, racial and ethnic minorities and people with disabilities. Artists, educators, athletes, students, youth and rising leaders in the United States and more than 160 countries around the globe participate in academic, cultural, sports and professional exchanges. ECA serves as part of the Public Affairs arm of the U.S. Department of State. Through public-private partnerships and tax payer funding the bureau manages a host of professional, academic, cultural and athletic exchanges.

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