MENA - USA Empowering Resilient Girls Exchange (MERGE)

MERGE is an eight (8) week virtual exchange program where students will learn about emotional resilience and community empowerment. The MERGE program requires three (3) hours of time each week from February 1 - March 25, 2022.

MERGE participants must:

  • reside in the United States or Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region country

  • identify as a girl/young woman and be between the ages of 15 and 19 (as of August 2, 2021)

  • speak English at an intermediate level or higher

  • be available during the program dates of February 1 - March 25, 2022

  • have access to a reliable, internet-connected device

  • have an interest in mental health, community building, and international exchange

Week 1: Build a supportive virtual community through activities with other young women from the United States and MENA region

Weeks 2 - 5: Explore practical approaches to strengthening emotional resilience

Weeks 6 - 8: Teams will work together to create an entry for MERGE's digital resilience strategies website to share with your community and the world!

Application is open from November 1 to December 10, 2021. Ready to apply? Contact Jennifer Bowden at for the application.

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