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Equipping young people with tools to build a sustainable future

Empowering young people from diverse backgrounds across the globe is central to addressing global challenges like climate change. The AFS Global STEM Changemakers Initiative is a unique opportunity for young scholars to develop a greater and more personal understanding of the importance of STEM skills and global competence in helping to advance a sustainable future, while exploring real-world examples of sustainability in their communities and the world. The programs are designed to empower underrepresented populations, especially young women, with pathways to STEM and sustainability education, leadership and social impact. 

AFS Global STEM Changemaker programs offer immersive learning experiences designed and facilitated by AFS experts in intercultural education, in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy – Center for Social Impact Strategy. The collective impact intent is to equip diverse young people with critical technical competencies, like digital skills, design thinking, data literacy, and STEM awareness, paired with global competencies, such as emotional intelligence, critical thinking, intercultural awareness, and teamwork, to help scholars become changemakers in their communities and work towards a sustainable future.

Three ways to join us!

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Global STEM Academies

A 16-week program that starts with a  STEM & social impact curriculum (12 weeks online), followed by a 4-week immersive travel experience in Brazil, Egypt, India, the USA, or Belgium & the UK. Focuses on the energy transition, sustainability, global skills, and social impact, for students ages 15-17.5, from more than 14 countries worldwide.

Academies applications are now closed. 

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Global STEM Accelerators

12-week interactive online certificate program for girls around the world, ages 15 -17.5, with a focus on sustainability and positive social impact, empowering girls to become changemakers in their communities.

Accelerators applications are now closed.

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Global STEM Innovators

5-week programs for young leaders, ages 14 -16, that commence with an online curriculum on global competence skills and culminate in two-day in-person workshops focused on sustainable development and local impact. The 2022 workshops will take place in Australia (Perth), Egypt (Cairo), and Indonesia (Jakarta).

Innovators applications are open now for students from Australia, Egypt, and Indonesia.

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Why should I apply?

Through interactive, intercultural experiences, and by completing team projects supported by mentors, you will learn more about the skills necessary to thrive at global companies and organizations. 

Frequently Asked Questions

The AFS Global STEM Changemakers Initiative is a suite of immersive learning programs to equip diverse young people with critical technical competencies needed, including digital skills, design thinking, data science, and wider STEM awareness, paired with global competence, including critical thinking, intercultural awareness, and teamwork, to help scholars understand and be prepared to help the world transition to a sustainable future. The programs are designed to empower underrepresented populations, especially young women, with pathways to STEM education, leadership, and social impact.