TAG Press Release Stevens 2024 Grantee Announcement

TAG Press Release Stevens 2024 Grantee Announcement

Dr. Jennifer Williams, Take Action Global (jennifer@takeactionglobal.org)

Maura Daley, Stevens Initiative (maura.daley@aspeninstitute.org)

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State (ECA-Press@state.gov)

Take Action Global Receives Grant to Connect Young People Across Regions Through Virtual Exchange

A grant from the J. Christopher Stevens Virtual Exchange Initiative will enable Taking Climate Action Together to prepare young people in the United States, Middle East, and North Africa for the future through a unique global learning experience. 

Clearwater, FL, May 14, 2024 –– Today, the Stevens Initiative announced Take Action Global is one of 11 schools, higher education institutions, and nonprofit organizations to receive funding to run virtual exchange programs that connect young people in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa. 

Taking Climate Action Together is implemented by Take Action Global  and is supported by the J. Christopher Stevens Virtual Exchange Initiative (JCSVEI). JCSVEI is a U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs program administered by the Aspen Institute. 

“We are honored to welcome 11 new grantees today. Together, we are embarking on a journey of discovery and continued growth in the virtual exchange field. This marks a major milestone towards our vision of a world where virtual exchange is part of every young person’s life,” said Christine Shiau, Executive Director of the Stevens Initiative. “Each grantee embodies the spirit of innovation and collaboration necessary to help young people unlock their creativity, foster critical thinking skills, form friendships, and feel connected to the world. Their dedication to lifelong learning will help us create opportunities that transcend boundaries, inspiring a brighter, more interconnected future for all.” 

Virtual exchange connects young people from around the world for learning and collaboration, immersing them in digital spaces to gain practical skills and build friendships along the way. It is a powerful tool to reimagine what global learning looks like, how it can be conducted, and how many people participate. 

Take Action Global’s Taking Climate Action Together engages teachers and students in Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and Yemen in a virtual exchange that prepares them to lead their schools and communities in implementing and measuring the impact of student-designed climate projects. Participants will join the Climate Action Schools network of 100 schools in 37 countries that connects educators and students to explore the causes and effects of climate change, develop solutions, and take action together over the course of an academic year.

“We’re thrilled to join the J. Christopher Stevens Virtual Exchange Initiative virtual exchange community,” said Take Action Global co-founder Dr. Jennifer Williams. “Young people worldwide are witnessing climate change and want to take action. They understand the power of collective action, and there is an urgent need to provide more opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds to engage in cross-cultural exchange.”

The 2024 J. Christopher Stevens Virtual Exchange Initiative Grantees will reach nearly 10,000 young people across the U.S. and Middle East and North Africa. Other grants include

  • Digital Promise’s Building Apps Across Cultures
  • Florida International University’s Virtual Tabadul: Creating Language-Learning Community Through Virtual Reality 
  • Global Nomads Group’s (GNG) Overcoming Bias in AI 
  • Miami Dade College’s Climate Stories
  • Seattle University School of Law’s Transitional Justice Legal Exchange 
  • Shenandoah University’s (SU) Virtually Going Global 
  • Texas International Education Consortium’s Community Climate Connect 
  • United Planet’s Youth2Youth Impact Investing 
  • University of Florida’s Hands-on Energy and Thermo-fluids (HEAT) Program 
  • World Learning’s STEAM Innovations 

More Information

Take Action Global (TAG) is a leading nonprofit committed to climate action education, serving more than 4 million students and educators from 160 countries. TAG’s partners include international experts and world leaders, WWF, NASA, LEGO, and FHi360. TAG is a member of UNESCO’s International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030 and Greening Education Partnership. In 2023, the World Economic Forum designated TAG’s Climate Action Project as an Education 4.0 Lighthouse, one of 16 innovative public-private collaborations reimagining the childhood learning experience. https://www.takeactionglobal.org.

The Stevens Initiative is an international leader in virtual exchange, which brings young people from diverse places together to collaborate and connect through everyday technology. Created in 2015 as a lasting tribute to Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, the Initiative invests in virtual exchange programs; shares research, resources, and promising practices to improve impact; and advocates for broader adoption. Learn more: https://www.stevensinitiative.org

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) builds relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through academic, cultural, sports, professional and private exchanges, as well as public-private partnerships and mentoring programs. These exchange programs improve foreign relations and strengthen the national security of the United States, support U.S. international leadership, and provide a broad range of domestic benefits by helping break down barriers that often divide us. Visit eca.state.gov.

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world.  Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org.