she++ is delighted to invite you to participate in the #include Fellowship Program for high school students, a grassroots movement for diversity in tech.
ABOUT THE #INCLUDE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
The #include Fellowship Program empowers high school students to increase diversity in tech by bringing tech education and opportunities to their local communities. By participating in the #include Fellowship, students receive resources and mentoring to start a CS initiative and to cultivate their own technical skills.
Each #include participant is given a Launch Kit to jumpstart their initiative. Additionally, participants are paired with college students studying science, technology, engineering, or math who serve as personal advisors throughout the program. This year, there will also be a team of ten #include mentors, all-star former #include Fellows who can provide first hand guidance on how to create a tech initiative.
Participants may then apply to attend the #include Summit in Spring 2017 in the Bay Area, where they will get to connect with other participants and leaders in the tech industry, share their work, and be inspired to further explore the fields of technology. Last year’s #include Fellows had the chance to meet prominent technologists, speak with Sheryl Sandberg, and experience a design thinking workshop. The Summit culminates with the annual she++ Gala, a gathering of the she++ community to celebrate our mission to diversify tech.
The #include Summit, the year’s capstone event, is an all-expense paid weekend in the Bay Area each spring. Only 20-30 exemplary participants from the #include program will be selected as #include Fellows and invited to attend the Summit. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet industry professionals, tour some of the world’s top tech companies, develop their technical skills, and experience firsthand the ins and outs of the tech industry.
Last year’s #include Summit activities included a meet-and-greet with Sheryl Sandberg at Facebook, a Natural language processing talk by a Stanford professor, a tour of the Google campus, and a design thinking workshop at Pejman Mar Ventures, hosted by Pejman and Mar themselves.
How to Attend. All #include participants are highly encouraged to submit an application to attend the #include Summit. College advisors are encouraged to guide their #include advisees throughout the application process and should help their advisees complete all of the application materials. Applicants will be asked to write a short essay about their initiative and the impact it had on their community. Additionally, applicants will be interviewed by members of the she++ team to learn more about their #include initiative.
Mentor Team Information. The #include Mentors are former #include Fellows who have started highly impactful initiatives in their communities and are looking to help participants do the same. These ten selected mentors provide hands on support for participants through email, Piazza, and Q&A/AMA sessions. They serve as a valuable resource for guidance on the logistics and planning involved in starting a #include initiative.
INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE?
Sign up here to get notified when the program begins, or reach out to the Co-Directors of the #include Fellowship, Shreya Shankar (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Farah Uraizee (email@example.com).
A #include Advisor is a motivated undergraduate, graduate student, or recent graduate in Computer Science or related technical fields. They are matched with a #include participant, who they will mentor and support from December to February. Advisors will help their #include Advisee(s) develop their initiatives through two video call sessions per month; they will also be available to answer questions and provide advice. Advisors will review their advisee’s application for the Summit. Through the entirety of the program, Advisors typically commit 10-15 hours.
Mentor Team Information
The #include Mentors are former #include Fellows who have started highly impactful initiatives in their communities and are looking to help participants do the same. These ten selected mentors provide hands-on support for participants through email, Piazza, and Q&A/AMA sessions. They serve as a valuable resource for guidance on the logistics and planning involved in starting a #include initiative.
If you are interested in being a #include Mentor for the 2016-2017 school year, email Shreya or Farah!