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Alumni Engagement Winners for 2014 Announced

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 3, 2014


The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is pleased to announce the 2014 winners of the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF). The AEIF competition provides small grants to teams of past and current participants of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs. The teams, comprised of at least five exchange alumni, carry out public service projects using the skills and knowledge gained through their exchange experiences.

This year, alumni from more than 100 countries developed 1,083 project ideas and 187 projects were selected as finalists. Sixty teams were awarded grants of up to $25,000 to support their public service projects embodying one of the following themes:

Empowering Women

Outreach to Underserved Communities

Entrepreneurship and Youth Employment

Expanded Access to Education

Environmental Protection

Government Transparency

Freedom of Expression

Conflict Resolution

Citizen Security

Promoting Civil Society

Examples of this year’s winning projects include promoting national unity and tolerance among youth across Ukraine, implementing a financial literacy program for albino women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, tackling the root causes of gender-based violence and supporting girls education in Costa Rica, promoting ethnic reconciliation through a civic education program for underserved youth in Burma, empowering young female students through English language learning in Yemen, and developing a mobile app to create awareness of climate change and the environmental impact of urban development among youth in India.

The State Department created the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) in 2011 to promote collaboration among program alumni seeking solutions to global challenges. To participate, alumni must be members of the International Exchange Alumni (IEA) global online community and form teams of at least five IEA community members.

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