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Games for Change launches Game Exchange for young developers

Design program aims to connect students from the US, Bahrain, Israel, and United Arab Emirates to create social impact games

Today the Games for Change organization announced that it has launched Game Exchange.

The virtual program aims to connect students in the US, Bahrain, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates to collaboratively develop social impact games.

Students are intending to design titles which will cover the subjects of human rights, sustainable societies, and a healthy planet. These themes were selected from the suggested development goals set by the UN.

Additionally, the youth enrolled in Game Exchange will also receive mentorship from games industry professionals, participate in local game jams, and take part of a global competition for international recognition.

The program is being led by Games for Change, Ministry of Youth & Sports, Bahrain Polytechnic, Beit Berl College, Shenkar College, Aldar Education and ADGaming.

"Games and game design have the potential to connect people across cultures, languages, and identities," said Games for Change president Susanna Pollack.

"With the support of the Stevens Initiative in the U.S. and our powerhouse partners in the MENA region, Game Exchange will reach nearly 3,000 middle and high school students over two years. This program will help students gain global competencies and develop key 21st century skills that they need to thrive in today's increasingly interconnected world."

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Jeffrey Rousseau joined in March 2021. Based in Florida, his work focused on the intersectionality of games and media. He enjoys reading, podcasts, staying informed, and learning how people are tackling issues.