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Thanks Meena! I think APS models like the Bridge Program could definitely be inspired by the MERLIN approach and other approaches seen in this challenge. I'm also excited about the the possibilities of creating similar models for secondary school. I think the MERLIN program did a great job of highlighting the importance of youth seeing inspiration career role-models that look like them, and may have even come from where they are from. This not only helps them to see a real example that their own professional success is possible, but it can provide them with excellent career-starting advice that they can begin to think about early on in their careers, and it can motivate them to explore their own interests further. That model could be particularly effective in a developing country context, and especially for female youth. For example, while I was living in Ethiopia, I volunteered with a local elementary school teaching basic public health and English lessons to grade 5 students. The person who recruited me to volunteer, a fellow Fulbrighter and university professor, encouraged me to highlight my education and experience when I introduced myself to the children when I first met them. I later realized that in a culture where most of people with higher education are men and "ferenges" (foreigners, usually Asian or of European decent), by simply being a university-educated African-American woman and presently there with them sharing my story, they were inspired about the possibilities of what they too could achieve.

Moving forward I'd like to see how role-modeling programs like this could be integrated into APS models and how youth innovation, culture and entrepreneurship could play a role in that process.

Thanks for the feedback Xiaoyang!

Thanks Meena!