Society of Women Engineers

Youth Advocacy

What is a SWE Youth Advocate?

A SWE youth advocate is an adult who engages with and empowers girls and young women to prepare for a career in engineering. As a youth advocate, you aid SWENexters as they develop their interest in STEM and engineering and support them throughout their educational development. You can support SWENexters by volunteering, mentoring, or leading outreach events in your community.  Please join our mailing list.

Below are seven of the most popular ways to advocate for youth.

Ways to Advocate

1. Get Students to Join the SWENext Community

The SWENext program is a way for young girls to become a part of the SWE. Help build the SWENext Community by encouraging girls to become SWENexters, membership is free!

2. Connect with SWENext Clubs

SWENext Clubs are a way to connect with SWE members and SWENexters in your area. SWENext clubs can be any size with students in K-12 grades. SWENext clubs can work on engineering projects to help people in your community, compete in competitions like Future City Competition or FIRST Robotics Competition, or do engineering outreach for younger students. Find a SWENext Club near you!

3. Promote Your Outreach Events

If you organize SWENext or outreach events at your SWE Section, use bi-monthly Promote Your Event Newsletter to promote your event. Learn more here.

4. Encourage Students to Apply for Awards

As a youth advocate, you can encourage, support, or mentor SWENexters who are actively engaged in STEM by encouraging them to apply to various SWENext Awards. Click here to learn more.

5. Share Your Outreach Data

Are you currently doing outreach? If so, complete the Outreach Metric Tool (OMT) to share your data, images, and stories so we SWE can share how members are helping to grow the SWE community.

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6. Encourage Educators to Get Involved

SWE offers an exclusive reduced K-12 educator membership. Take advantage of it today!

7. Connect At A Local Level or on Social Media

SWENext offers opportunities to connect with female engineers on a local level. Find your local SWE Section here.