NASEF’s MENAcraft™ gathers young people from the United States and the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) in a safe, neutral, and inspiring online community, blending play and learning for a cultural and language exchange.

By creating scholastic esports clubs, learning from STEM professionals, playing team games, and building in Minecraft, participants develop key skills with an understanding of how those translate into workforce opportunities. They interact with peers around the world, building empathy and cross-cultural understanding as they cultivate innovation and entrepreneurship experience.


The following regions will be participating in MENAcraft™: 

US States:

  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • New Jersey
  • Ohio

MENA Countries:

  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Palestinian Territories
  • United Arab Emirates

Join MENAcraft and NASEF here!

(Must have been invited by a US State or MENA Country lead) 

If you are interested in joining MENAcraft, please email [email protected]. Include your name, the name of your school or organization, and the US city and state or MENA city/province and country. We will attempt to match you with an approved Adult Facilitator and Country Lead. 


For Educators

How to use Immersive Reader

How to use Flipgrid

For Educators

How to use Immersive Reader

How to use Flipgrid

Event Timeline

Registration starts

January 18, 2023

Zoom Office Hours

March 1, 15, 29, 2023

Speaker Series

March 8, 2023
April 13, 2023

Student Zoom Facilitation

Week of March 13, 2023 & April 3, 2023

All Challenges Due

May 11, 2023

Final Livestream

May 17, 2023

Post Assessment

May 1, 2023

All office hours and livestreams will be at 7am PT and 3pm PT. Please join which time works for you.

Meet the country/state leads!

Aidar Abdullin

Kuwait Lead

Angelique Gianas

California Lead

Ashley Price

Ohio Lead/US Lead

Doha Zghoul

Jordan Lead

Ido Brosh

Israel Lead

Jeanna Dawson

Georgia Lead

Jim McKowen

New Jersey Lead

Tammy Neil

Florida Lead

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On June 21, 2022, the J. Christopher Stevens Virtual Exchange Initiative (Stevens Initiative) announced that the North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) is one of the Initiative’s newest grantees to receive funding for virtual exchanges between young people in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa. Read the press release here.

NASEF MENAcraft 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.