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Saturday, July 02 2022 - 03:53
150 Scholarships to Empower Pathways to STEM & Sustainability Education in Australia
NEW YORK, July 2, 2022 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Empowering young people from diverse backgrounds across the globe is central to 
addressing global challenges like climate change. AFS Intercultural Programs, a 
global non-profit educational exchange organisation, is proud to launch a new 
scholarship program, funded by bp, dedicated to ensuring that young people have 
equal access to STEM, sustainability and global competence education.

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AFS Global STEM Innovators( 
) is a full-scholarship program for young people, ages 14 to 16, that teaches 
them about critical global competencies like critical thinking, intercultural 
awareness, and teamwork, needed to understand and be prepared to help the world 
transition to a more sustainable future. The program includes a virtual 
curriculum and culminates in a two-day in-person workshop, focused on 
sustainable development and local impact.

This program is a unique opportunity for young people to develop a greater 
understanding of the role of global competence in advancing towards a more 
sustainable future, while exploring real-world case studies of sustainability 
in local communities. The program is also designed to empower underrepresented 
populations, especially young women, with pathways to STEM and sustainability 
education, leadership and social impact.

Applications are open through July 31 ( 
)for students from the Greater Perth metro area in Australia. AFS has partnered 
with Value Learning ( 
)to administer the program  for 150 Australian students beginning in September 
2022. The Innovators program will also take place for youth in Egypt and 
Indonesia, commencing later this year.

Equipping young people with tools to build a sustainable future
Through interactive, intercultural experiences and collaborative team projects 
supported by mentors, participants in the AFS Global STEM Innovators ( 
)program will learn more about the skills necessary to thrive at global 
companies and organisations. Scholarship winners will explore global competence 
and social impact through STEM lenses, innovations, and careers, including 
opportunities to meet STEM industry leaders and learn how different 
organisations rely on STEM skills in critical roles.

After program completion, scholars earn the AFS Global Competence Certificate, 
and are invited to join an alumni community which offers diverse mentoring 
opportunities, networking, and other development opportunities.

AFS brings decades of expertise in impact-driven educational exchange and the 
power of a global network. "We know that young people are eager to innovate and 
bring a positive change to their communities and the world. That's why AFS is 
proud to partner with bp to offer scholarships for programs that empower young 
people with critical global skills and knowledge, like cross-cultural 
communication, empathy, and conflict resolution. Educating more young people to 
become global citizens is crucial if we want to create a more sustainable 
future," says Daniel Obst, President and CEO of AFS Intercultural Programs.

bp supports initiatives such as this to help build the STEM talent that the 
world needs to create sustainable solutions and improve the diversity of talent 
in STEM.

To learn more about the program, and apply, please visit 

About AFS
AFS Intercultural Programs is a global not-for-profit Network that provides 
intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, 
skills and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world. 
Through international exchange programs, education initiatives, volunteerism 
and advocacy, AFS empowers people from all backgrounds with essential global 
skills—and the passion for making a difference.

About Value Learning
Value Learning Intercultural Specialists is a consulting business committed to 
advancing global competence and fostering intercultural understanding. Value 
Learning provides consultation, facilitation, program design and development to 
education, non-profit, and government organisations.

About bp
bp's purpose is to reimagine energy for people and our planet. It has set out 
an ambition ‎to be a ‎net zero company by 2050, or sooner and help 
the world get to net zero, and a ‎strategy for ‎delivering on that 
ambition. For more information visit

SOURCE: AFS Intercultural Programs

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