300px-Department_of_state.svgTechGirls is an international exchange program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State, and is designed to empower young girls from the Middle East and North Africa to pursue careers in science and technology. The program emphasizes hands-on skills development in fields such as programming, robotics, mobile application building, web design, video graphics, and 3D game design. The TechGirls Program is administered by Legacy International.

TechGirls was first announced in 2011 and this is the second year of its installment. The program is a three-week, intensive youth exchange “to encourage innovation and promote the spread of new technologies to give women and girls the support that they need to become leaders in this field.

The TechGirls exchange program aims to inspire girls from the Middle East and North Africa to pursue higher education and careers in technology through hands-on skills development. From June 25- July 18, 25 teen-age girls (ages 15-17) from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, and Yemen will travel to the United States. While in the United States, TechGirls will participate in an interactive technology and computer camp, visit technology companies, and participate in community service initiatives.

The TechGirls program builds on the U.S. global commitment to advance the rights of women and girls around the world. TechGirls exchange is modeled after TechWomen, a mentoring program that pairs international participants with American women leaders in technology fields. The Department of State is partnering with Legacy International to implement this initiative.

TG getting to know each other!

TechGirls getting to know each other!