Tech Age Girls

Tech Age Girls

The Tech Age Girls (TAG) program provides young women with specialized leadership and information technology training, mentors, and hands-on opportunities to become positive agents of change in their communities. IREX has implemented TAG in Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Myanmar, the Philippines, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, OSCE, Peace Corps, USAID, and the US Department of State.

Tech Age Girls

The Tech Age Girls (TAG) program provides young women with specialized leadership and information technology training, mentors, and hands-on opportunities to become positive agents of change in their communities. IREX has implemented TAG in Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Myanmar, the Philippines, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, OSCE, Peace Corps, USAID, and the US Department of State.

Quick Facts

  • By 2015, IREX trained over 1,300 girls in 8 countries in digital and leadership skills. Participants then implemented 400+ service projects that reached more than 10,000 people.
  • When TAG alumnae were surveyed five to ten years after participating, 80% of respondents reported that the digital skills they learned through TAG made them more competitive in the job market, and 83% were still active in their communities.
  • Currently, TAG is being implemented in five regions in Myanmar through the Beyond Access program, reaching 100 young women ages 16–20.

 

How the program closes the digital divide

The program uses a proven model that identifies, engages, rewards, and connects girls to close the digital divide

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Goals

  • Strengthen opportunities for young women as local agents of change in their communities through digital and leadership training, mentoring, and hand-on opportunities.
  • Help young women contribute their voices to public discussions on critical issues, including online content by and for girls.

Project Activities

The TAG model has three distinct phases that take place over one year:

  • Phase One lasts up to six months, during which time participants receive training to strengthen their leadership, ICT, and soft skills while forming an in-person and online community. They research pressing community needs, then design and conduct service projects to meet those needs with support from TAG staff and local mentors.
  • Phase Two brings the highest achievers to a one- to two-week in-person workshop in a major city, where girls participate in advanced technology and leadership training, perform short internships at domestic and international NGOs or government offices, and meet influential, national-level women leaders.
  • Phase Three begins when participants return to their communities to continue or expand local projects such as training their peers in key technology and soft skills, remaining linked to the TAG network of young women leaders.

Partners

USAID logo, US flag, and US Department of State seal

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

Contact

E-mail: tag@irex.org