2016 Award Recipients


Chicago Sister Cities International

The STEAMuseum will virtually connect students in Chicago and Casablanca, Morocco, to create digital exhibits for what will eventually be a global online museum. The STEAMuseum will be a new kind of cultural space created by and for a new generation of digital learners.

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Generation 7.0

Eurasia Foundation

Generation 7.0 is an integrated mobile game and social networking platform that will connect young adults from the Middle East and the United States. Eurasia Foundation will build a bilingual online educational game, in which cross-cultural teams will proceed through a series of scenarios based on a social problem that fosters collaboration, teamwork, respect for diversity, and shared understanding.

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Global Nomads Group

Campfire will connect secondary students across the United States with peers in Tunisia, Morocco, and Jordan, including Syrian refugees, to complete an online project-based curriculum focused on global citizenship and 21st-century skills in communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. Students will investigate the driving question: “How do we, as youth, engage our communities to create positive social change?”

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BRIDGE Program


iEARN-USA’s BRIDGE (Building Respect through International Dialogue and Global Education) Program will enable students in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa to engage in projects aligned with one or more of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Students will work on improving global quality of life in the areas of the environment, civic education, heritage, identity, and tradition, food security, and arts and media production.

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The Civic Tech Leadership Program

National Democratic Institute

In addition to a free, online open course for English and Arabic speakers, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) will select applicants for a special track that offers hands-on mentorship and peer-to-peer collaboration through a "civic tech" project.

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Connect Program


Soliya’s Connect Program connects post-secondary students from vastly diverse backgrounds in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa in face-to-face, curriculum-driven, semester-long dialogue proven to foster understanding and build critical skills. Soliya will increase and diversify its community of young people who have built the skills, relationships, and confidence necessary to engage constructively across cultures.

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Center for Collaborative Online International Learning (SUNY COIL Center)


The SUNY COIL Center develops and supports sustainable, campus-based exchange initiatives integrated into academic and international programs at participating universities. The Center will launch pilot virtual exchange courses connecting SUNY campuses with counterparts in Egypt, Lebanon, and Morocco, and will offer in-person professional development workshops.

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Christopher Stevens Global Ambassadors Project

UC Berkeley Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The Christopher Stevens Global Ambassadors - building on UC Berkeley's existing Stevens Scholars program - will provide an opportunity, via vlog and virtual meeting environments, for Berkeley undergraduates to interact with a diverse group of peers in rural Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Jordan.

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Wofford MENA Virtual Exchange

Wofford College

Wofford College will scale up a virtual exchange pilot to include Lebanon as well as Egypt, to integrate the exchange across disciplines, supplement it with research resources, expand the project’s reach, and conduct thorough impact evaluation.

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Digital Youth Leaders Exchange Program

World Learning

The DYLEP will use innovative technology platforms to conduct an exchange and leadership development training entirely online for a diverse cadre of future Iraqi and American youth leaders through a curriculum focusing on global leadership, education, and engagement.

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