English Access Microscholarship Program
Graduation Day in Gaza 2015

Program Summary

The English Access Microscholarship Program (Access Program) is an exciting initiative of the U.S. Department of State. This highly effective training program is designed to provide a significant English-language learning experience to bright non-elite 14- to 18- year-old students. Funded by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, it also has the goal of improving students' appreciation of U.S. culture and values, encouraging critical thinking and open-mindedness, and improving performance in regular school classes. Launched in 2004, the Access Program is worldwide. AMIDEAST is currently serving close to 6,000 youth in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Tunisia, and the West Bank/Gaza.

Main Goals

  • Enable bright non-elite youth from underserved communities to gain proficiency in the English language and develop other communication skills
  • Promote better understanding of U.S. culture and society
  • Encourage appreciation of civic values through community service activities
  • Help students better prepare for educational and career opportunities that enable them to contribute to their societies' development
Access students in Kuwait

AMIDEAST English Access Microscholarship Program Results

  • Benefited more than 30,000 bright, economically disadvantaged 14-to-18-year-olds in AMIDEAST's countries since the program's inception in 2004
  • Opened doors to educational and career opportunities for significant number of participants
  • Some students' English improvement due to the Access Program has enabled them to qualify for exchange and study abroad programs in the U.S. such as the Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program, making an even more significant difference in the lives of these students.

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