The Aspen Institute Stevens Initiative today announced the award of a two-year grant to Soliya, one of 10 new projects funded through a national competition to use virtual exchange to increase cross-cultural understanding and equip young people to participate in a global economy.
Soliya to receive grant from the Aspen Institute Stevens Initiative to expand Virtual Exchange between college youth in the US and the MENA Region
Soliya conducted its first ever Connect Program in the fall of 2003 with 5 universities. Since then, Soliya has steadily expanded the Connect Program and Facilitation Training Program each semester. With the completion of our 20th semester this fall, we have successfully reached over 4,500 students, in partnerships with 100 universities, and over 600 volunteers from around the globe.
Interviews with Soliya Volunteers
Soliya’s volunteers have been a crucial part of our organization since our founding. We recently reached out to some of our old and new volunteers to hear about what their experience with Soliya has been like and what they value and find interesting about being a Soliya volunteer. Here are a few sample replies, and please click here to read the full article:
What do you think is the importance of being a Soliya volunteer today?
This fall, Soliya successfully piloted a new community engagement activity for our volunteers: Dinner for 8. Dinner for 8 is a Soliya-hosted virtual gathering bringing together 8 people from the Soliya community with some of the most thought-provoking leaders in the fields of international relations, dialogue, community engagement, and new media politics.The dinners are interactive working-style sessions aimed at engaging the community with experts, offering meaningful encounters, and gaining insights into best practices.