Introducing the #include Fellowship Program
You asked us to bring she++ out of Palo Alto and into your communities - and we listened! she++ is delighted to invite you to participate in the #include Fellowship Program, a grassroots movement to increase diversity in the tech industry led by high school students.
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 an CS initiative and to cultivate their own technical skills.
Each #include participant is given a Launch Kit to jump start their initiative. Additionally, participants are paired with college students studying science, technology, engineering, or math who serve as a personal advisor 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 2016 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 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.
Interested in learning more?
The #include Summit
The #include Summit is the year’s capstone event, taking place in Spring 2016, an all-expense paid weekend in the Bay Area. Only 20-30 exemplary participants from the #include program will be selected as #include Fellows and be 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 included meeting 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.
More Information for Advisors
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 and being available for any questions. They will additionally 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is 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 an CS initiative and to cultivate their own technical skills. Students may then apply to attend the #include Summit in Spring 2016.
Who can participate in the #include Fellowship Program?
Anyone, regardless of age, gender, or nationality, may sign up online to receive a Launch Kit through the #include Fellowship Program. However, in order to apply to attend the #include Summit, you must be a high school student. More on eligibility below.
Who is eligible to become a #include Fellow?
Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for a #include Fellowship:
- 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.
- Planning to pursue further study at a post-secondary institution.
Even if you are not eligible to become a #include Fellow, we still encourage you to apply for a Launch Kit and start your own initiative! If you do, please let us know by emailing the #include Fellowship Co-Directors at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
If I do not live in the US, can I still apply to be a #include Fellow?
Unfortunately, at this time, you must be a resident of the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, or other U.S. territories to be eligible for the #include Fellowship.
Are there any gender or sex requirements to participate in the #include Fellowship program?
No! Anyone who meets the eligibility requirements listed above may participate in the #include Fellowship program and apply to be a #include Fellow.
What is the application process?
- Sign up by October 16, 2015*.
- Receive your Launch Kit, connect with your mentor, and start your initiative.
- Applications for the #include Summit are due by February 12, 2015 at 11:59pm PST
- Decisions made by March 11, 2016
*We will accept sign-ups until mid-February, when the application for the #include Summit closes. However, anyone who signs up after October 16th is not guaranteed a college advisor or a physical Launch Kit.
What is the Launch Kit?
The Launch Kit is a guide to starting your own initiative, containing short How-To’s, tips, resources, and more.
How do I get an advisor?
After you sign up for the #include Fellowship Program, we will contact you with information on your advisor. There will also be an online community that you can join where you can connect with other participants and advisors for advice, help, or feedback.
What is the #include Summit?
The #include Summit is a weekend event held in Spring 2015 in Silicon Valley, where attendees will have the opportunity to meet industry professionals, tour some of the world’s top tech companies, take programming classes and experience firsthand the ins and outs of the technology industry.
Who attends the #include Summit?
Only #include Fellows may attend the #include Summit.
How do I become a #include Fellow?
After you sign up online, you will receive a Launch Kit. This will provide you with resources and ideas to start your own #include initiative. In January, applications to attend the #include Summit open to become a #include Fellow. The written applications are due by February 12, 2015 at 11:59pm PST and interviews will follow in late February.
I applied to the #include Fellowship last year. May I apply again? May I use the same project?
Past applicants to the #include Fellowship are welcome to apply again! We are excited to see your dedication to the #include mission. However, we are only accepting projects that were started in June 2015 or later. To apply for the #include Fellowship this year, you may expand on your project from last year or work on a new project, but you may not reuse your efforts from last year.
I was a #include Fellow last year and attended the #include Summit. May I apply again?
We are so happy to see you again! You are welcome to start a new project and apply again to the #include Summit this year. As mentioned in the previous question, you may not completely reuse your project from last year. Also, please note that you will not receive any special consideration in the application process; all applicants will be evaluated equally regardless of whether or not they were a previous #include Fellow.
I worked on a technology outreach project as part of a group. Can I still apply? May we apply as a team?
If you worked on a project in a group, that is fantastic! However, each member of the team who wishes to participate in the #include Fellowship must apply separately. Be sure to include in your application specific details about your specific contributions to the overall project. There will also be a space on the application to list other students you worked with. Be sure to fill this out thoroughly, especially if other members of your group are applying to the #include Fellowship.
The project I would like to do culminates after the deadline to apply for the Summit. Can I still use this project to apply to the #include Summit?
You can use this as your #include project, however keep in mind that we will be looking for follow-through and progress in your application. We understand that some long term projects may take longer than a few months to plan, and we will keep this in mind when reading applications. However, please consider that the Fellows chosen will present their project at the Summit, so we will be looking for applicants who have made/are making an impact in their communities and have something to showcase at the #include Summit.
Do I have to have previous technical experience to participate?
We are looking for students with an interest in technology. However, it is more than okay if you don’t have much or any experience. Our goal is to get more students involved in technology, and for you to inspire your peers to do so as well.
Does my initiative have to be within my school?
No, feel free to organize your initiative for any community that you think can benefit from such a program. If your school already has 100 coding clubs, great! Find another local community, such as a middle school or senior community, that could benefit from your skills and talents.
What initiatives did last year’s #include Fellows work on?
Here are the initiatives from the previous years' Fellows.
Can I get involved even though I am not eligible to apply for the Fellowship?
Yes! Even though you may not apply to attend the #include Summit, there are still things you can do to stay involved. (1) You may sign up online to receive a Launch Kit, which you can use to kickstart your own initiative. (2) You may attend the she++ Gala, which will take place in Spring 2015. Ticket information for the Gala will be available in the spring!
I have a great idea for the #include Fellowship Program/Summit…
Awesome! We’d love to hear from you. Please send any ideas, questions, or concerns you might have to #include Co -Directors Ngoc Bui (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Cindy Wang (email@example.com).
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 the field of technology is welcome to sign up.
For even more details on the #include Fellowship, check out previous year’s Fellows and our FAQ.