Society of Women Engineers

SWENext High School Leadership Academy (SHLA)

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The purpose of the SWENext High School Leadership Academy (SHLA) is to inspire high school students to pursue careers in engineering and technology.

SWENext High School Leadership Academy (SHLA) is a program that provides awareness and inspires high school students to pursue careers in engineering and technology. SHLA provides students with leadership training, college advice, self-development topics, and the opportunity to experience the SWE community first-hand through networking, coaching, and mentoring to learn techniques to pursue STEM careers.

The SHLA program provides year-round programming in addition to a program held in conjunction with SWE's Annual Conference to provide high-school students with training and development opportunities in five key program tracks including:

  1. College preparation 
  2. STEM pathways
  3. Leadership 
  4. Self-development 
  5. Inclusion and cultural awareness 

To become familiar with engineering pathways and develop a STEM identity, it is critical that STEM-interested high school girls have access to women in the engineering workforce. SHLA provides the opportunity for students to experience the SWE community first-hand through networking, coaching, and mentoring to learn techniques to pursue STEM careers. 

Year-Round SHLA Learning Events

SHLA core year-round programming will be delivered using the following methods:

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SWENext TV is live learning and on-demand content based on SHLA's key program tracks. All on-demand content will be hosted in the SHLA Google Classroom along with additional resources and materials for students. Check out the SWENext TV learning events below:

  • Techniques For Advocating For Yourself, on-demand now available - view here
  • College Considerations, on-demand now available - view here.
  • Resumes and Letters of Recommendation, on-demand now available - view here.
  • College Essays and The Common Application, on-demand now available - view here.
  • Scholarships and Financial Aid, on-demand now available - view here.

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SWENext Connect is an opportunity for students to connect in person and online with peers and mentors from our SWE community with expertise in various fields of engineering. Click here for additional information. Check out the SWENext Connect events below:
  • SWENext Connect: College Considerations, September 21st at 6:00PM CST.

Register for WE20 Virtual SHLA Program

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the SHLA WE20 program will be done online; providing high school students across the globe with access to a variety of online learning opportunities from Monday, October 19 to Friday, October 23 with a SHLA graduation ceremony on Thursday, November 12.

Registration is open until October 1, 2020.

SHLA WE20 attendees will participate in the following program activities:

  • Interactive SHLA sessions with engaging subject matter experts including:
    • Fireside Chat: Resilience, Career Pathways and STEMinism, October 20 at 6 pm CST
    • Exploring Career Pathways, October 21 at 6 pm CST
    • Leadership Skills for College, October 22 at 6 pm CST
    • SWENext Connect: Leadership Skills for College, October 22 at 7 pm CST
  • Access to view sessions from WE20, the world’s largest conference for women engineers.
  • Networking with fellow SHLA participants and SWE members.
  • A SHLA graduation ceremony.
SHLA WE19

To learn more about SHLA, please contact studentprograms@swe.org.

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This project is based upon work partially supported by the generosity of the Motorola Solutions Foundation, Lockheed Martin, General Motors and Cisco.