In 2018, the U.S. Department of State hosted its eighth annual Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) project competition. AEIF supports alumni initiatives that promote shared values and innovative solutions to global challenges.

This year, out of more than 1,300 project submissions from 150 countries, 67 alumni teams representing 61 countries have been selected as Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund winners! These alumni-led projects will foster economic prosperity; build civic participation, good governance, and resilient communities; advance science, technology, health, and innovation; promote inclusion and educational opportunity; and, empower women and girls around the world.

AEIF 2018 finalists by theme

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Advancing Science, Technology, Health and Innovation

Algeria: Science Technology Engineering Programs (STEPS) is a STEM initiative that aims to inspire and empower Algerian students to become leaders in scientific and technological innovation in Algeria. STEPS will turn theoretical scientific and engineering concepts into an enjoyable and relatable experience for 180 students, ages 10-17 years old, through hands-on activities and challenges that focus on real-life problem-solving.
(Alumni team: Study of the U.S. Institutes; Youth Leadership Program)

GermanyVisualizing Germany’s Energy Transition will help the German public better understand energy technologies and policy. Together with researchers from the Institute for Climate Protection, Energy, and Mobility (IKEM), the alumni team will implement design-based workshops and a hackathon, bringing artists and experts together to increase public understanding about energy subsidies, wind and solar energy, and other energy-related issues.
(Alumni team: Fulbright Student Program, English Language Fellows)

Kosovo: Junior Geeks will create an inclusive platform for 90 high school students in Peja, Prishtina, and Mitrovica to discuss, explore, and learn about technology (algorithms, coding, robotics), entrepreneurship (start-ups, investments) science (research, data analysis), social media (cybersecurity/cyberbullying, data protection/privacy), search engine optimization, and innovation. The goal is to kick start interest in science and technology among youth, encouraging them to pursue careers in STEM and entrepreneurship.
(Alumni team: Fulbright Student Program, International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP))

LebanonThe Orion Camp will engage students in STEAM education, helping them develop and implement meaningful projects to solve community challenges in Lebanon. The camp will host 60 students, ages 10 to 15, to participate in workshops and trainings on design thinking, architecture, game development, and mechanical engineering. Students will also have an opportunity to pitch their creative solutions at the closing ceremony of the camp.
(Alumni team: TechWomen; International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP))

Libya: The Mission Impact campaign aims to educate students about computer science technology through workshops on robotics, electronics, and computer programming. During the four-day training, middle and secondary students ages 12-18 years in Tripoli and neighboring cities will learn the basics of electronics and brainstorm solutions for challenges in their communities.
(Alumni team: YES (Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study) Program; Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI); Youth Leadership Programs)

Palestinian TerritoriesThe Gaza Incubator for Renewable Energy project aims to find sustainable alternative energy solutions to address environmental and socioeconomic issues in the Gaza Strip. Approximately 90 participants will receive training on piloting creative ideas, team management, and creative marketing to create innovative products and services that are needed to generate electricity and decrease water pollution in Gaza. Professional guidance and counseling services will be provided to those participants actively pursuing entrepreneurial startups and incubators.

UzbekistanThe Technovation Uzbekistan Project aims to address the country's STEM gender gap by encouraging more girls to develop skills in critical thinking, community problem solving, entrepreneurship, and IT. With funding from AEIF and other donors, TechWomen alumni – supported by volunteer mentors drawn from business leaders, teachers, other professionals, and students – will recruit and coach local teams to participate in the Technovation Challenge, the world’s largest technology competition for girls ages 10 to 18. The Technovation Challenge inspires and empowers young women to solve problems in their community using technology and entrepreneurship.
(Alumni team: TechWomen)

VenezuelaCitizen Lab will create a platform for 48 university students and young professionals to conceive, develop, and implement high-impact proposals that address public space challenges in Caracas. Working with architecture schools, young people will create solutions together with the community and test potential ideas that they can scale up in the near future.
(Alumni team: Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI), International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP))


Building Civic Participation, Good Governance, and Resilient Communities

Austria: Next Generation of Tolerance aims to increase tolerance among various religious, minority, and ethnic groups in Vienna and Salzburg. Through a series of lectures, workshops, and excursions, 1,400 youth ages 14 to 26 will come together on a weekly basis to combat the growing trend of anti semitism among primarily Muslim communities in Austria. A final event will bring youth leaders, religious leaders, politicians, and civil society together to develop a sustainability plan that fosters tolerance in Austria.
(Alumni team: U.S. Embassy Programs)

Benin: Citoyen 229 aims to train and empower youth to use digital communications as a tool for civic engagement, encouraging them to be active participants in their country's development. The project will create a website, which the youth will then use as a platform to discuss the challenges and opportunities they face in their communities. The 100 young men and women selected for the program will be trained on local governance, citizen participation, web-editing, and social media over ten months.
(Alumni team: YALI Regional Leadership Center (RLC)

Guatemala: Giving Rural Citizens a Voice will promote civic engagement among small rural municipalities of El Paredon, Buenavista and La Empalizada. Over the course of six months, the team of alumni will empower citizens and local authorities with the skills, tools, and methods to promote effective and open communication, transparent use of public funds, and effective public management.
(Alumni team: Fulbright Student Program)

Haiti: Target 2030: All for Human Rights aims to foster constructive public dialogue on issues affecting democracy, civic engagement, and human rights while promoting increased civic engagement among youth. Through a weekly community radio program, training, mentoring, and a competition for community projects, the project will provide youth with the knowledge and skills to be active and engaged members of their city.
(Alumni team: International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), Educational Partnerships Program, Professional Fellows)

Madagascar: Civics 2.0: Madagascar is our Classroom will promote civic engagement to Malagasy youth through experiential learning during a three-week camp. Youth will learn about the diversity of their country, and the challenges and opportunities it faces through a program that highlights democratic values, civic engagement, leadership, environmental awareness, and community service. The aim is to build unity and encourage civic engagement while reducing the poverty-related challenges that have exacerbated Madagascar's history of political instability.
(Alumni team: Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders)

Mauritania: Project GREEN (Growing and Reaching toward Environmental Excellence in Nouakchott) will engage 50 primary students in Nouakchott in waste-sorting, reusing, and recycling. As Nouakchott faces significant challenges related to urbanization, the program encourages the students to be agents of change in making their neighborhoods cleaner and safer places to live.
(Alumni team: YALI Regional Leadership Center (RLC))

Nepal: The Promoting Transparency through Voters' Clubs project in Nepal seeks to improve civic participation and good governance by increasing voter participation and improving responsiveness and accountability of elected officials. Project leads aim to form a national network of nonpartisan voters’ clubs that will identify community problems and engage elected officials in developing solutions.
(Alumni team: Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI))

Nigeria: Reclaiming Futures in Northern Nigeria aims to reduce substance abuse among youth in internally displaced persons’ camps and 12 secondary schools in Kaduna, Kano, and Borno states, and Abuja. Approximately four hundred students will participate in simulations and presentations to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to become change-makers in promoting a drug-free society.
(Alumni team: International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP))

Phillipines: Youth Peace Campaign Lab is a campaign accelerator aimed at empowering student-leaders in conflict-affected communities in the Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia to develop inclusive and youth-led solutions to counter violent extremism and radicalization. Through mentorship, simulation exercises, and workshops, the youth will develop online and offline media content to develop counter narratives to extremism.
(Alumni team: Youth Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI))

Poland: Advocating for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities seeks to increase disability awareness while building a coalition of NGOs to protect the rights of persons with disabilities in Poland. The project leaders will organize a series of regional workshops and create a manual for Polish NGOs and local leaders in order to educate these groups on disability rights and give strategies and tools for addressing discrimination and law violation.
(Alumni team: International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP))

Romania: Remembering the Past to Understand the Future aims to develop collections of artifacts and stories for Bucharest's first museum about Romanian life during communism, primarily for youth who are not familiar with that time period. The museum will engage students through immersive experiences featuring artifacts from daily life, workshops, screenings, and reenactments. The exhibits will also complement lessons on history and civic education, giving educators a hands-on approach to teaching the country’s history.
(Alumni team: International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP))

Russia: The Debate Academy for Russian Youth will boost the public speaking skills of 150 school students from Moscow and other cities. The project will teach students how to engage in a meaningful dialogue and support their point of view regarding current events, while also helping students hone their critical thinking skills. Students will start debate clubs in their schools and put their new skills into practice by competing in an open debate tournament in Moscow at the end of the project.
(Alumni team: Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program, U.S. Embassy Program)

Sierra Leone: Non-Violence in the Midst of Challenges will engage 25 members of peace-building organizations in the Mano River Union countries (Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, and Ivory Coast) to develop their knowledge and build insights into youth and peacebuilding over the course of a five-day Training of Trainers event. The trainers will develop action plans during the conference then return home to spread their knowledge on conflict-resolution, indirectly reaching 15,000 beneficiaries in support of broader peace-building efforts in the country and sub-region at large.
(Alumni team: Community Solutions Program)

South Africa: Viewfinder will create professional media content, including photos and videos, to raise awareness in Cape Town about communities affected by poverty and lack of resources. The project gives a voice to marginalized populations that are often overlooked by mainstream media, encouraging solutions between communities and government to address inequality.
(Alumni team: Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program)

Sri Lanka: The Interfaith Youth Network project seeks to strengthen community resilience and build trust by forging connections among youth and religious leaders in six cities across Sri Lanka. After an initial round of consultations and workshops in each city, selected youth from each city will form a national interfaith youth group that will work together to encourage communication among youth of different communities and religions.
(Alumni team: Professional Exchanges, Community Solutions Program)

Taiwan: Empowering Disaster Resilient Communities in Asia will strengthen disaster preparedness and recovery in rural areas of Taiwan through a multi-pronged "5E" initiative. The program will provide "Enhancement" by training elders to increase their digital capacity; "Engagement" by providing workshops and education programs for university students; "External Resources" by integrating disaster preparedness with eco-tourism; "Experience-Sharing" through traditional and social media campaigns; and "Empowerment" by connecting Taiwanese practitioners with Indonesian counterparts to share best practices.
(Alumni team: Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI))

Tunisia: The Youth Local Leaders School project aims to promote participatory democracy and civic engagement among Tunisian citizens, particularly youth. The project will bring young leaders from underserved areas together to create and implement advocacy campaigns in their local communities, encouraging civic engagement and participation in the decision-making process.
(Alumni team: International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP), Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI))

Vietnam: VietNam Youth Parliament (VNYP) will bring together 120 student leaders for a five-month intensive education and training program aimed at increasing civic engagement. Activities will include training workshops, panel discussions, debates, community service, a social media campaign, and an educational simulation based on the Vietnamese National Assembly (VNA) format. The program will culminate in a grand meeting, where participants will develop a youth manifesto that captures the concerns of Vietnamese youth.
(Alumni team: English Access Microscholarship Program (Access), Global Undergraduate (UGRAD) Exchange Program, Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI))

Zimbabwe: Citizen Participation in Governance Issues will engage young people in Gweru, Kwekwe, Kadoma, and Epworth through civic education, innovative technology, and performance art. This year-long project seeks to promote dialogue while empowering youth to be active participants in local governance issues and decision-making processes.
(Alumni team: Community Solutions Program (CSP), Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP))


Empowering Women and Girls

Argentina: Future Leaders of Ansenuza will empower 30 girls ages 16 to 18 in Miramar de Ansenuza with leadership and life skills, giving them practical tools to overcome their challenges. After a five-day training on employment, finance, digital literacy, and rural development, the young women will be mentored by alumni and professionals at private companies. The program seeks to improve their opportunities in employment and higher education.
(Alumni team: Youth Ambassadors Program, National Youth Science Camp)

Cameroon: Empowering Girls in Entrepreneurship and Business will train 100 girls from West Cameroon in entrepreneurship and business management. The program will increase the girls' employment opportunities through site visits to businesses, training, mentorship, and guided agricultural projects. The program seeks to boost financial independence and strengthen the network between young women and business leaders.
(Alumni team: International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP))

Chile: Hidden Women: Empowering Migrant Domestic Workers is a four-month awareness campaign that aims to reach an estimated 9,000 female migrant workers through short, eye-catching, informative video clips that explain their rights as workers. The campaign works to combat transnational crime, promote social inclusion, and create a more stable security environment for a robust economy. Video topics will also include ways to identify labor eploitation, human trafficking, and other human right abuses. The project organizers will amplify this message on social media to empower female migrant workers to defend their rights in cases of abuse.
(Alumni team: International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP))

Côte d'Ivoire: SEPHIS Tour for Women's Empowerment: 2nd Edition will empower 2,000 young women across eight cities through conferences and workshops on gender equality, women's rights, and leadership. The project's main objective is to promote inclusive growth and gender equality in economic opportunities, human development, and law and institutions. Building on the successful first edition in 2017, this second iteration of the project will target women in universities/colleges and rural areas as well as those without access to education.
(Alumni team: Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI), Community College Initiative Program, Youth Leadership / Youth Exchange Programs)

Ethiopia: Economically Empowering Sexual Violence Survivors will boost economic opportunity for 25 female victims of sexual assault in Addis Ababa. Through the project, the women will receive training in hand-weaving, identify opportunities for self-employment, and increase their self-esteem.
(Alumni team: African Women's Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP))

Greece: Business and Software Training for Women and Girls aims to train girls and women in Athens and Amman, including 50 migrants. The project will utilize an innovative mobile learning course on business entrepreneurship and software development to help the participants successfully launch businesses. Aside from an important employability tool in two countries with high unemployment rates, the project also addresses the gender gap in digital skills.
(Alumni team: International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), Tech Women, Fulbright Student Program)

Jordan: Technology Providers aims to improve the quality of life for Syrian refugee women in Jordan through basic English training and computer technology literacy training, including coding and artificial intelligence. This project will train 21 Syrian refugee women, helping increase their access to employment in a sector that would allow them to work from home and thus overcome challenges that restrict their education and employment.
(Alumni team: Study of the U.S. Institutes; Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI))

Kazakhstan: The Business Incubator for Socially Vulnerable Women aims to expand economic opportunities for women in Kazakhstan by providing entrepreneurship training and mentorship to 50 single mothers and mothers of children with disabilities. Exchange alumni will serve as coaches and mentors for women throughout the project, as well as introduce inclusion to the community.
(Alumni team: Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program, Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA))

Kenya: The Economic Integration of Women and Girls with Disabilities will provide skills development and economically empower 40 women and girls with disabilities in Kisumu and Busia counties in Kenya. The one-year program consists of business training and networking, emphasizing leadership, mentorship, and financial and digital literacy..
(Alumni team: Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, YALI Regional Leadership Center (RLC))

Kenya: Women in Policymaking will engage 200 young women over four weeks from Vihiga, Bungoma, Kakamega, and Busia in training, workshops, and roundtable discussions to build their knowledge of local government budgeting processes as they relate to women's health issues. The project seeks to foster effective communication skills and basic policymaking understanding to help women better advocate for improved health services at the local government level.
(Alumni team: Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, YALI Regional Leadership Center (RLC))

Lithuania: Her Voice: Empowering Victims of Sexual Harassment and Violence aims to prevent sexual abuse and protect the rights of victims of sexual abuse in Lithuania. The team will develop and implement training programs and help draft organizational policies for the prevention of sexual harassment. It will also raise awareness for a more victim-oriented approach, harness support for victims of sexual abuse, and help create a climate where victims are empowered to report abuse.
(Alumni team: International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program)

Mongolia: Building a Bridge for Girls to Access STEM in Mongolia will reach 180 high school girls in Ulaanbaatar through the creation of STEM clubs for girls. The program will also train 30 female mentors on a STEM curriculum in order to raise girls' interest in STEM careers. The program will culminate with the girls STEM clubs developing final projects that address a real challenge facing their communities.
(Alumni team: Fulbright International Science and Technology Program, Global Undergraduate (UGRAD) Exchange Program, Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program, Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program)

Montenegro: MGiS: Montenegrin Girls in STEM will offer a weekly STEM afterschool program for 50 girls in primary and secondary schools. Through practical learning, hands-on tools, games, and experiments, students will gain critical thinking skills, develop increased confidence, and boost their interest in STEM education and careers. The team plans to reach an additional 500 girls through workshops in collaboration with other schools.
(Alumni team: Global Undergraduate Exchange (Global UGRAD), A-SMYLE (American & Serbia & Montenegro Youth Leadership Exchange))

Tanzania: Her Future: Hygiene and Health Education will educate and provide resources for the health and menstrual hygiene of 4,000 girls in Kilimanjaro. Over one academic year, the program will raise awareness and train girls on health, hygiene, and hand-washing. By improving physical health, the program will decrease the rate of absenteeism and increase academic progress.
(Alumni team: Youth Leadership Program, International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, Youth Leadership / Youth Exchange Programs)


Fostering Economic Prosperity

Benin: ANGEL (Activating a New Generation of Entrepreneurs and Leaders) seeks to encourage entrepreneurship among Benin's youth while reducing the business failure rate. The project leaders will develop a business training guide and share it with specialists, trainers, and mentors who will then lead workshops on business development planning for 250 youth entrepreneurs in Cotonou, Lokossa, Aborney, Parakou, and Natitingou.
(Alumni team: Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, YALI Regional Leadership Center (RLC))

Brazil: Women Micro-Entrepreneurs in Brazil will increase knowledge related to micro-entrepreneurship for 300 women in São Paulo, Rio Claro, Joinville, and Manaus. The project aims to increase the women's self-reliance and self-worth while improving their business skills.
(Alumni team: Fulbright Student Program)

Cameroon: Economic Empowerment of Mborroro Youth in Cameroon will provide capacity building and entrepreneurship training to 100 youth in Mborroro, Cameroon, where more than 70% of the population is illiterate. The program will create new job opportunities, reduce crime, and address the social exclusion and self-marginalization of the Mborroro people from mainstream society, benefiting at least 50 families through training workshops and start-up support.
(Alumni team: Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders))

Indonesia: THRIVE: Talent, Hard work, Grit, and Creativity will provide an intensive training program for ten micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) working in socially-responsible forestry in West Java in order to help these entities build successful and sustainable businesses. The training program consists of sessions on legal issues, business development, and branding and communications. The program will culminate with a THRIVE-UP Challenge, with winners of the pitch competition receiving intensive mentoring.
(Alumni team: International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP))

Laos: Fair Trade Fashion Week and Art Show of Laos aims to bridge the gap between Lao designers, artisans, fair trade shops, and consumers in order to increase economic prosperity and sustainable business practices. The program will pair Lao youth designers with local fair trade stores to work with the shops' artisans in ethnic weaving villages and create five to ten designs using traditional techniques and eco-friendly materials and dyes. The Fair Trade Fashion Week events will include guest speakers, cultural performances, pop-up shops, and an art exhibition, and will capitalize on social media to build awareness in Laos about fair trade, sustainable business practices, innovative design processes, and environmentally-friendly practices.
(Alumni team: Youth Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program)

Mali: The Timbuktu Youth Empowerment Program will provide training and mentoring to 25 young people from Bamako over eight months on business and entrepreneurship. The project seeks to reduce unemployment while increasing the social and economic inclusion of young people from conflict zones.
(Alumni team: Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders)

Morocco: TizNit Business Start-Ups will help 35 youth turn their creative ideas into start-up business ventures. Through a series of trainings, participants will learn how to successfully build strong business implementation plans, create job opportunities in their communities, and gain financial investment knowledge and independence.
(Alumni team: Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program; Professional Fellows; International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP))

Nicaragua: Learning Today to Excel Tomorrow will empower 60 girls ages 13 to 17 in various cities of Nicaragua to develop skills in branding, digital marketing, communication, and finance. Through a series of workshops, each participant will create their own brand design, a marketing strategy, and financial plan to grow a small business. The program will empower the girls currently working on the street to seek a better life by improving their business skills, self-esteem, and independence.
(Alumni team: Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI))

Paraguay: TIC TOC will provide a unique solution to the problem of technological illiteracy by exporting “pop-up” computer labs and employability hubs to eight districts in the Chaco region. Youth from these areas ages 15 - 30 will participate in training on computer literacy, budgeting, and project management and use these skills to create community action plans. Participants with the most competitive action plans will be able to implement their project and share the knowledge they gained through the training to a wider audience.
(Alumni team: Fulbright Student Program, International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP))

Rwanda: The Farmers in Suits project seeks to decrease youth unemployment by raising awareness of employment opportunities in the agricultural sector in Rwanda. Though skills training, site visits, and the practical implementation of agribusiness projects, 75 students will learn about opportunities in agribusiness and become role models for their peers.
(Alumni team: Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders)

Tajikistan: Women’s Economic Empowerment in Tajikistan (WEET): Phase II program scales up a successful 2016 Alumni TIES follow-on project implemented in Roshtqala. Project organizers will work with the same partners and service providers to bring training in business skills, environment analysis, needs assessments, and navigating the legal environment to 50 women in the Ishkashim district.
(Alumni team: SABIT (Special American Business Internship Training), Muskie Graduate Fellowship, Global Undergraduate Exchange (Global UGRAD))

Tanzania: Women Entrepreneurs Financial Literacy Training aims to educate 150 women entrepreneurs for one year on access to credit, business pitching, and job creation. Through workshops, mentoring, and coaching, the program will empower women entrepreneurs and foster economic prosperity in Tanzania.
(Alumni team: Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders)

Togo: Meetings of Youth and Women Craftsmen of Togo seeks to facilitate the access of young and women craftsmen, particularly those with disabilities, to business opportunities available in the handicraft sector. Through the program, 100 youth and women craftsmen from the 5 administrative regions of Togo will create batik, receive mentoring and training, develop business plans, and hone their leadership skills. The program will also launch a national network of youth and women craftsmen to raise awareness about business opportunities in the handicraft sector, increasing overall employment.
(Alumni team: YALI Regional Leadership Center (RLC), Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI))

Tunisia: The Promoting Sustainable Biosaline Farming project aims to increase the sustainability of farming and agriculture in Tunisia. The project will train 10 farming leaders on a new sustainable farming system that uses saline water and restores organic manure to promote soil fertility. These farming leaders will then train others in their communities and promote community collaboration by fostering the establishment of cooperatives and associations.
(Alumni team: J-1 visa: Short-term Scholar; J1-visa: Camp Counselor; USDA Scientific Exchanges)


Promoting Inclusion and Educational Opportunity

Burma: Smart Voters 2020 will increase civic awareness and participation in 12 southeastern townships by distributing flyers, holding civic education trainings, and launching a social media campaign. The program seeks to prepare voters for the upcoming 2020 election in Burma.
(Alumni team: Youth Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI))

Burma: Educational Leadership and Classroom Management will train more than 200 university teachers from five remote and underdeveloped border states of Burma on educational leadership, and how to promote tolerance and cultural understanding within diverse classroom settings.
(Alumni team: Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program, Youth Leadership Program, Youth Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI))

CAR: The National English Club Symposium will establish English Language Clubs focusing on teaching English to students of all ages in Bangui. English clubs will use language as a medium to promote conflict resolution, social justice, diversity, human rights, women's rights, peace, and religious tolerance. A four-day symposium will bring together English professionals, Ministry of Education officials, academic leaders, and others to exchange knowledge regarding English language instruction approaches and opportunities.
(Alumni team: Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP),African Women's Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP), Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program)

Colombia: STEM Education Engagement for Equal Opportunity is an academic year program that engages children and adolescents in Bogota through workshops designed to increase their academic performance in STEM-related coursework. The program seeks to increase interest in STEM at an early age in order to encourage more students to pursue STEM studies at the university level. Local university students will serve as volunteer instructors and work with the children on science activities.
(Alumni team: Fulbright Student Program)

Honduras: Empower Honduras will provide youth living in shelters and orphanages as well as students attending high schools from under-represented communities in Tegucigalpa with the opportunity for successful integration into society. In addition to learning English, the youth will participate in cultural activities and training on leadership and entrepreneurship. The program aims to provide the youth with meaningful life skills and work-readiness skills to improve their access to opportunities for employment and professional and personal growth.
(Alumni team: Global Undergraduate (UGRAD) Exchange Program, Fulbright Program)

Kyrgyzstan: The Internet in a Box for Schools in Kyrgyzstan project will provide schools in three cities with hardware to establish Internet connectivity so that students can access Khan Academy and other online learning resources. Alumni leaders will partner with the Kyrgyz Ministry of Education, the Soros Foundation, and other organizations on this pilot. If successful, project leaders hope to scale up and provide connectivity to all public schools nationwide in the next three to five years.
(Alumni team: Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program)

Saudi Arabia: We Are With You will provide educational, supportive, and entertainment activities to approximately 250 individuals, including senior citizens and children, currently living in hospitals in Saudi Arabia. The project aims to raise awareness of those in need of long-term care and reduce stigma that is associated with this marginalized population.
(Alumni team: Global Undergraduate (UGRAD) Exchange Program; Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI))

Trinidad and Tobago: Empowering At-Risk Youth with STEM and Life Skills is a one year project in Laventille for 200 students ages 11 to 13 to engage students in STEM-related activities. Through practical hands-on activities and mentorship, the Fulbright alumni team will create a positive learning environment for students to develop life skills, and become equipped for employment opportunities in STEM-related fields.
(Alumni team: Fulbright Faculty Development Program, Fulbright Student Program)

Turkey: Safe Internet Strategies for Students in Izmir seeks to train teachers and parents in preventing cyberbullying and protecting children from online threats. The project aims to reach 450 students in the seventh grade, 50 teachers, and 350 family members. Training for all groups will focus on the psychological aspects of cyberbullying, internet addiction, and problematic internet usage.
(Alumni team: Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA))

Ukraine: A World of Possibilities for Every Child will bring awareness to a new law that promotes access to educational services for persons with special educational needs. The project will provide seminars for parents and educators and offer practical recommendations for communication and lesson planning to help create an inclusive environment at home and school.
(Alumni team: Professional Exchanges, Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program)

Venezuela: Empowering the Youth of Tomorrow will directly engage 1,100 youth ages 9 to 16, teachers, and university students, to develop their critical thinking skills. Through collaborative workshops, storytelling, team work, and public speaking in Caracas, Maracay and Valencia, students will learn basic principles of democracy and economic freedom.
(Alumni team: International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP))