An online training and exchange program for high schools students from Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and the U.S.

August 3-21, 2020 

Attention, high schoolers in Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia!

HANDS, in partnership with World Chicago, is inviting interested and talented high-school students from the MENA region (Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia) to apply for an intensive social entrepreneurship online course and exchange with American students, using the See Something, Do Something social entrepreneurship curriculum designed by Yale University. The curriculum consists of several modules, which will discuss topics such as What is Social Entrepreneurship, Building Effective Teams, Developing Successful Social Ventures, etc. The online sessions, which will be held three times per week for two hours each time from August 3 through 28, will be highly interactive, with quizzes, games, and intercultural engagements between the MENA region and American students. Participants will have an opportunity to hear from and engage with several speakers who are successful social entrepreneurs from America, Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia. Finally, the participants will also have a chance to collaborate on designing their own social enterprise projects!

The complete curriculum and a list of speakers and facilitators can be downloaded as a pdf file here.

Interested applicants from the MENA region must be enrolled in high school (or equivalent level in specific countries for the students age 15-18) and demonstrate a commitment to community engagement, volunteerism, and social entrepreneurship. The program will be conducted in English, so qualified candidates should have a good command of English language skills (speaking, listening, and writing).

There is no cost associated with participation in the program. Please note that this is a competitive selection process, and only a select number of applicants will be invited to attend.

To apply, please follow this link.

Please attach a short video (only ONE MINUTE long, in English language), introducing yourself and explaining why you should be included in this program, along with two letters of recommendation to your application form.

The deadline to apply is extended to July 20, 2020.

For any further questions or concerns, please contact:

Caroline Anderson at

This program is supported by the Stevens Initiative, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government, and is administered by the Aspen Institute. The Stevens Initiative is also supported by the Bezos Family Foundation and the governments of Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.