The Women’s Entrepreneurial Centers of Resources, Education, Access, and Training for Economic Empowerment (WECREATE) are physical entrepreneurial community centers in a safe and centralized location. At these Centers, women gain access to vital resources that both enable established business to build capacity and allow microenterprises to move from the informal sector into the formal sector, both of which generate momentum for measurable economic and societal change. Each Center is tailored to a country’s specific economic concerns facing women entrepreneurs and is designed to advance gender equality in entrepreneurship through a portfolio of programs, tools and events. The Center’s hyper-local collaborative approach convenes key players to develop entrepreneurial ecosystems in a culturally sensitive and safe environment for women economic empowerment.
Study abroad is a time of great discovery—young Americans experience the world and begin to form networks that will enhance their prospects in the world’s marketplace and their potential as global problem-solvers. Americans who study abroad build understanding as unofficial ambassadors for our country, defining American values and debunking stereotypes.
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International Exchange Alumni
Welcome to the International Exchange alumni website– a place where past and present U.S. government-sponsored exchange program participants find tools to advance their communities and our world.
Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF):
The State Department created the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) in 2011 to support alumni initiatives that promote shared values and innovative solutions to global challenges. The competition provides small grants to teams of past and current participants of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs to carry out public service projects utilizing the skills and knowledge they gained during their exchange experiences.
Since its inception, AEIF has supported more than 300 alumni-led initiatives around the world and reached millions of people both directly and indirectly through trainings, awareness campaigns, and leadership and empowerment initiatives. In 2016, 61 grants of up $25,000 were awarded to alumni teams worldwide to support their public service projects.