Society of Women Engineers

Youth Advocacy

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.

As a Youth Advocate you support SWE’s mission to:

  • build SWE identity in girls and young women by engaging girls with SWE members and programs.
  • empower girls and young women to prepare for careers in engineering and technology.
  • support programming to help girls and young women develop leadership skills and self-confidence to succeed in a career in engineering and technology.
  • expand the image of the engineering and technology professions as a positive force in improving the quality of life.

Youth Advocacy Resources

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Help to build a SWENext Community

The SWENext program is a way for young girls to become a part of the SWE. Programming for SWENexters includes Design Lab, SWENext Clubs, and more. Help build the SWENext Community by encouraging girls to become SWENexters, membership is free!

You can support SWENext community by volunteering at SWENext events in your area. As a SWE members can also become a SWENext Club advisor. To find a SWE Section near you and learn about upcoming events click here.

Connect with SWENext Clubs

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

Promote Outreach Events

If you organize a SWENext event or lead outreach events at your SWE Section, we want to know.  To support you SWE will promote a SWENext event or STEM events happening in your community. If you have any questions or feedback about promoting STEM events, please email Juliet Crowell at

Resources, Awards, and Funds

As a youth advocate you can encourage, support, or mentor SWENexters who are activity engaged in STEM. SWE offers several awards and scholarships for high school girls. This includes funding to resources to support participation in our national programs. Visit SWENext Awards to learn more about our awards and how to apply.

Share Outreach Data

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By sharing data, images, and stories about your outreach events you are helping grow the SWE community. Share your event data with us by completing our Outreach Metric Tool (OMT) Survey.  SWE Outreach Assessment Tools



SWE Membership & Educator Resources

SWE is pleased to offer membership to full-time K-12 educators. SWE’s mission includes encouraging more women to become engineers, and you can support that mission by helping reach girls. A special reduced membership rate of $20 is available to full-time K-12 educators. Take advantage of it today!

An educator SWE membership provides valuable K-12 outreach tools and support for you including:

  • Access to SWE K-12 outreach resources and activities locally, nationally and internationally
  • SWE’s monthly e-newsletter, All Together
  • Award-winning SWE Magazine
  • K-12 outreach webinars
  • Reduced registration fees for SWE’s Annual Conference
  • Access to SWE’s outreach community
  • Discounted K-12 outreach merchandise via the SWE Store
  • Unparalleled networking opportunities with SWE members: Collegiate, professional and corporate members

Find an Engineer in your area

SWENext offers opportunities for girls, families, and educators to connect with female engineers on a local level. We can also direct you to programs that allow students to explore engineering and STEM programs that are going on in your area.

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