Did you know that you do not have to be an engineering graduate or college student to be a part of SWE? SWE membership is open to anyone who is interested in STEM or in promoting equality and diversity across STEM fields. One way that K-12 students can join the SWE community is by forming or participating in a SWENext club. SWENext clubs are a great way for students to begin to engage with existing SWE sections, participate in STEM activities and competitions, spark conversations with engineers and other STEM advocates, and have fun in an inclusive environment!
Find a group of interested students!
The first step to initiate a SWENext club is to find a group of students interested in SWE, STEM, or diversity and inclusion. The group can be of any size and can consist of a school group, a group of local friends, or others. Students who are new to SWE can sign up as a SWENext participant here.
Identify a SWENext counselor.
Your SWENext club will need to have an adult act as the club counselor. The SWENext counselor is required to have or create an active SWE membership and will act as the liaison between the SWENext club and SWE. The counselor is the main supporter and mentor of the club and is available to answer questions about SWE processes and requirements, assist in planning events and activities, and oversee club activities. The SWENext club also has the option to appoint a SWENext club advisor. The advisor acts as a liaison between the club and the corresponding school or organization and is the main contact of the club in day-to-day activities. You can email email@example.com for help finding an interested SWENext counselor or advisor.
Get the club approved by your school/organization.
Before you can register your SWENext club, you need to obtain approval from your school or organization. Different organizations have different approval requirements. Some may ask you to fill out an application while others may request that you deliver a presentation or sales pitch. Be sure to check with your organization to find out what steps you need to take in order to approve your SWENext club.
Register your club.
Now that you have approved your club, you are ready to register the club on the SWE website. Your SWENext Counselor can register the club.
You now have a registered SWENext club! It is a good idea to schedule an initial meeting to kick off the club, welcome members, create a club roster, set club goals, and start forming a leadership team. You can be very creative in planning your club activities and events, which can range from volunteering activities to fundraisers and more! For more information on starting a SWENext club and for more event ideas, you can reach out to your club counselor or advisor, or you can reference the SWENext Clubs 101 Guide here. Have fun!
This post was written by the FY22 SWENext Programs Publications Workgroup.