Learn and discuss world affairs with peers in Algeria, Iraq, the U.S., and Yemen—all without leaving your living room.
Peace, Politics & Human Rights
Designed to connect youth living in every corner of the world, The Experiment Digital is an exchange program conducted entirely online. It prepares youth to be more civically engaged by teaching them how to design and implement a service project for their local communities. For eight weeks during the summer, students log on to an interactive platform to learn about leadership, civic engagement, and interact with their peers through videos, chats, webinars, and games. Students come away from the program with:
Started in 2016, The Experiment Digital is sponsored by the Stevens Initiative, a partnership aimed to increase exchanges between youth in the U.S. and the Middle East. The exchanges take place online, so students can participate from anywhere. We encourage students with diverse backgrounds to apply!
Experiential Learning Online
Safe and Intimate Small Group Spaces
Program for Youth Led by Youth
Robust Curriculum to Prepare Future Digital Citizens
Module 1: Digital Citizenship
Module 2: Leadership and Identity
Module 3: Community Initiatives
Module 4: Public Narrative
Tuesday, 3PM (Example)
Saturday, 12PM (Example)
You are eligible to apply if you:
*If selected to our program, we will provide support for data plans if you do not have consistent access to the Internet.
Applications for The Experiment Digital 2020 will open in February 2020. You can sign up for our mailing list to receive an email when the applications are open.
Meenu is a digital facilitator and student in Madison, Alabama. The skills Meenu learned from The Experiment Digital helped her co-found two clubs: Young Advocates for Equality (YAFE) and the Interfaith Club which strive to further equality in communities and represent the diverse faiths in the community. From The Experiment Digital, she learned the importance of communication and techniques for civic engagement. She is a volunteer at the International Institute, working with students from different backgrounds.
Ibrahim is a 2019 digital facilitator and medical student in Baghdad, Iraq. After participating in and seeing the impact of both the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) and The Experiment Digital, Ibrahim joined the program as a facilitator in 2017 and 2019.
“Being there for the participants, listening to their opinions and stories, and watching them evolve throughout the program was definitely a highlight for me. I think it’s really interesting how when you provide such a well-established and productive environment, everyone around you becomes productive and full of ideas about how to make their communities better, which made me a better facilitator for my participants in every dialogue and online session.”
Djamila is a 2019 digital facilitator and master’s student from Algeria. Prior to serving as a facilitator, Djamila was a mentee in the Maharat Mentorship program with World Learning. She also serves as a communication manager for a community project that aims to help university students who live far from their homes during the school year to eat healthier and save more money.
“I believe that one thing I gained from being a part of the program is the people whom I had the chance to meet. In one way or another, they all left an impact on me. Some taught me lessons and gave me guidance; some inspired me and some I even learnt from their mistakes. By the end of the program, I found myself having a whole new group of friends from different countries and backgrounds with whom I am still in touch with today.”
The Experiment Digital was a one-of-a-kind experience! It helped me improve my leadership skills, my critical thinking, my confidence, and my ability to express my thoughts. It also opened my eyes to things that I didn’t know were happening in other countries.
— Ferial Yasmine Ali Khodja (Algeria)
I think that our responsibility in this increasingly globalized, yet divided world is to make it less divided by making people connect more. We can use the skills we learnt from experience to make people see how easy it is to connect with each other despite the borders that separate us. I believe that we are all connected on certain levels that can’t be touched by segregation. I didn’t think that it would be possible to get along with people from different countries and backgrounds, but here I am, a month later, thinking how easy this whole process was.
— Tala Al-Rubaye (Iraq)
I didn’t feel the difference between us or the boundaries. No discrimination or false expectations. I felt like we were from the same place. We were all from Earth and talking the same language of the heart. Thank you for making me feel at home!
— Safa Moqbel (Yemen)
I learned that friendships can truly transcend cultural and geographical borders; that love can exist with people who you never thought you’d be able to be in contact with – they live in Iraq and I live in the US. I’ve gained both tangible facts and emotional connections.
— Noah Kurzenhauser (U.S.)
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The Experiment Digital, formerly known as DYLEP, 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.