OUR VISION

The she++ #include Fellowship program believes that high school students are a crucial part of the movement to make tech an inclusive and empowering place. We aim to expand our outreach efforts to students all the way from kindergarten to high school and beyond through a program that supports peer-to-peer interaction. In the #include Fellowship Program, we help high school students create initiatives that increase the access to and awareness about technology in their communities.

OVERVIEW

The she++ #include Fellowship Program empowers high school students to hold workshops, host hackathons, organize clubs, and bring computer science to their communities. By participating in the #include Fellowship, students receive resources and mentoring to start a CS initiative and to cultivate their own technical skills. No technical experience is required before starting the program.

At the conclusion of the program in Spring 2017, thirty selected #include Fellows will be invited to the she++ Summit, an all-expenses-paid 3-day trip to the Bay Area. Previous #include Fellows had the chance to meet prominent technologists like Sheryl Sandberg and tour tech companies like Google and Facebook.

PROGRAM DETAILS

In September, students can officially sign up to participate in the #include program. Each #include participant is given a Launch Kit to jumpstart their initiative and an optional college student advisor to ask questions to. In January, #include participants may then apply to attend the #include Summit in Spring 2017 in the Bay Area. The application will include a short essay and optional photos or videos of their initiative. Applicants may also participate in a phone interview.

Note: Participants may work in teams for their initiatives, but they must register for the program and apply for the Summit separately.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • September 5, 2016 - signups for #include Program open
  • October 7, 2016 - signups for #include Program close
  • October 31, 2016 - mentors assigned
  • January 9, 2017 - #include Summit application releases
  • January 30, 2017 - #include Summit application deadline
  • February 3, 2017 - interview notification
  • February 10, 2017 - #include Fellows selected
  • Spring 2017 - she++ Summit

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for the she++ #include Fellowship Program:

  • Currently enrolled in high school, or home-schooled at the high school level, with the intention of receiving a high school diploma or completing the GED within the next four years.

  • Reside in the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, or other U.S. territories.

If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know by emailing at includefellowship@sheplusplus.org

ADVISOR DETAILS

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 throughout the program. 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.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can boys participate in the program?

Yes! We encourage high school students of any gender to participate and college students/recent grads of any gender to be advisors.

What exactly is an "initiative?"

A #include initiative is a program that you, a participant, will create. This program should bring computer science education to your community and can be similar to or differ greatly from other initiatives. Examples of initiatives we've seen are starting a club, organizing a tech talk or speaker session, creating an after school program, bringing AP Computer Science to your school, and many other things. Check out the Launch Kit for more ideas and examples!

Do we need to have our initiative finished before Summit applications close?

Nope! We hope you take this as an opportunity to create a year-long initiative; however we do expect you to have at least planned your initiative or maybe done a couple of workshops or sessions of your initiative before Summit applications close.

Can we work on our initiatives in teams?

You may work with anyone you want on your initiative, but you should register for the program and apply for the Summit separately.

Do we need to request an advisor for the initiative?

You do not need an advisor to participate in the program. For the Summit, we will consider all applications equally, regardless of whether the participant has an advisor.

QUESTIONS?

Reach out to the Co-Directors of the #include Fellowship, Shreya Shankar and Farah Uraizee, at includefellowship@sheplusplus.org.

Check out our 2016, 2015, and 2014 #include Fellows!


No technical experience is required to participate in the #include Fellowship program. We highly encourage students with no prior technical experience to get involved! Anyone who is interested in learning more about technology is welcome to sign up.