The SWENext High School Leadership Academy (SHLA) provides high school students with leadership training, college advice, and the opportunity to experience the SWE community first-hand at the Annual Conference of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). High School students can apply for SHLA (pronounced "Sheila") by applying for one of our WE18 high school awards by July 31, 2018. SHLA participants will be selected from the award applicants.
Up to 50 high school students will participate in SHLA at the WE18 conference in Minneapolis, MN. Participants will attend sessions and trainings, connect with collegiate SWE members from the Collegiate Leadership Institute, and test out their enhanced leadership skills by serving as Engineer’s Assistants at the signature Invent it. Build it. Outreach event.
SHLA 2018 will take place Friday, October 19 – Saturday, October 20.
SWENext is a way to become part of the Society of Women Engineers as a student through the age of 18. Become part of SWE and #BeThatEngineer! Joining is free.
Families and educators play a key role in the success of SWENexters. The SWENext program offers resources and information for adult advocates as well. When participants (including girls, parents, guardians and educators) sign up for SWENext, they will receive complimentary access to:
- Up-to-date information about outreach events such as camps, competitions and workshops hosted by SWE and its partners
- A catalog of available scholarships for engineering schools offered by SWE and partner organizations
- Tips and best practices for applying for scholarships and internships
- Advice from practicing engineers as they discuss the work they do in regular webinars
- Opportunities to shape the future of the program through participation in the SWENext council
Who can be a SWENexter?
Any student 13 or older may join SWENext. For those younger than 13, a parent will need to be the primary contact. Students please complete the application to join. Adult advocates who would like to be on the SWENext mailing list: Please complete the mailing list form.
Who can support a SWENexter?
We promise WE18 will be three unforgettable days of networking, learning, and celebrating. SWE's annual conference is in Minneapolis, MN, October 18-20, 2018.
The theme for WE18 is Let’s Break Boundaries. Facing challenges and breaking through barriers is something SWE has done since its inception in 1950. The conference itself breaks boundaries by being the largest gathering of women engineers across all major engineering disciples.
Thousands of women in engineering and technology will connect with one another and celebrate how they are breaking boundaries every day. They’re crashing through barriers: graduating from engineering schools around the globe, working at top engineering firms, and innovating solutions to the world’s biggest challenges. All women engineers, experienced professionals, leaders, those in the early stages of their careers, and engineers still pursuing their college degrees, are breaking boundaries both personally and for women around the world. Go to WE18.swe.org to learn more.