Society of Women Engineers

Youth Programs


The Society of Women Engineers is the world's largest advocate for women in engineering and technology with a community of over 40,000 professional and collegiate members.

What is SWENext? SWENext is SWE's program for students through the age of 18.  SWENext provides an opportunity to learn more about engineering, meet real engineers and explore a future where you find creative solutions to all kinds of real-world challenges!

There's also SWENext Clubs, which offer students a way to meet SWE members - real engineers - and other SWENexters in your area. You can learn more and sign up here

Who can join SWENext?  Any student 13 or older can join SWENext and become a SWENexter. For those younger than 13, a parent will need to be the primary contact. Although our program focuses on girls, all students are encouraged to get involved. Learn more about the SWENext membership benefits below.

What is the Mission of SWENext? 

  • Empower females under the age of 18 to prepare for careers in engineering and technology.
  • Provide programming to help females under the age of 18 to 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.
  • Demonstrate the value of diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Provide programming to empower females under the age of 18 to become advocates for peers and younger girls.

Adults can stay connected to SWENext by signing up for the K-12 Educator & Adult Advocate Newsletter below.

SWENext Member Benefits

  • SWENext allows students to become part of the Society of Women Engineers, providing access to various women engineers from a variety of engineering disciplines.
  • Invitations to multiple live and online SWENext programs.
  • Programming to empower students to become advocates for peers and younger students.
  • Opportunity for high school students to participate in the SWENext High School Leadership Academy (SHLA), a program that inspires high school students to pursue careers in engineering and technology.
  • Invitation to participate in awards and recognition programs.
  • Best practices for applying for scholarships and internships. Access to a catalog of available scholarships for engineering schools offered by SWE and partner organizations.
  • Meet-ups and hands-on events at SWE’s national and local conferences around the world.
  • Opportunity to form SWENext Clubs and participate in club challenges.
  • Monthly newsletters with downloadable STEM activities to do at home or with your SWENext clubs. Click here to explore STEM activities.
  • Up-to-date information about outreach events (camps, competitions, etc.) hosted by SWE and its partners.
  • Resources for families and educators that can help effectively promote a career in engineering.

SWE Community

Connect with peers and women engineers in the SWE community.



Receive monthly newsletters from women engineers containing career advice, scholarship tips and SWE announcements.



SWENext Clubs

Bring SWENext home by starting a club in your school or community.



Apply for individual or group awards and challenges.



Gain an advantage for applying to more than $810,000 in SWE scholarships with member-exclusive access to Scholarship tips.



Attend local outreach events such as Invent It. Build It. or submit your local outreach event for marketing and promotion.

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SWENext offers a variety of resources for students, educators, SWE members, and advocates such as recruitment flyers, access to fun engineering activities, comic books and presentations.


Leadership Development

Participate in events and programming to hone your leadership skills, including SHLA. Club members have additional access to leadership opportunities.


Career Development

Receive college preparation through our "High School Milestones" pamphlets and gain exclusive access to professional career fairs at our local and national conferences.