Out in Tech Youth
We’re proud to announce the Out in Tech Youth Mentorship Program!
No way! For whom? NYC public high school students with a demonstrated interest in tech.
We'll support youth by:
- Pairing them 1-1 with tech leaders (apply!)
- Guiding them through self-designed projects
- Developing the skills needed for a successful future
- Creating a fun and inclusive community of techsperts
Ok, got it. Now what?
Are you interested in tech and a NYC public school student?
We're looking for a dozen techies to inspire the next generation of LGBTQ+ youth as they explore their career interests in tech. You can draw from your own experience as you help build their knowledge, confidence, and excitement.
See mentor FAQ here.
With your help, we'll ensure wide access to the industry we love. 💘📲
Out in Tech Youth is built on three core pillars:
We connect youth with resources about the tech industry, and its various job functions. We encourage the next generation of LGBTQ youth to take ownership over their career paths.
We maintain that seeing is believing. Exposure to new careers can change a life’s trajectory. We inspire LGBTQ youth to visualize themselves building the tech companies of the future.
We encourage the next generation of LGBTQ youth to pursue internships and new educational opportunities. We build persistence and grit in support of whichever pathway they choose.
In 2016-17, we are:
- Hosting classes, seminars, and workshops for 100+ students from Maven’s Queer Youth Tech Camps in SF, NYC, Boulder, and Austin; the NYC Department of Education, and the Hetrick-Martin Institute.
- Bringing 75+ public school students to visit tech companies, start-ups, and teams in NY, SF, and LA. Our first trip of 2016 was at The New York Times with the Academy for Young Writers, including a newsroom tour and LGBTQ panel discussion on digital media.
- We've also brought students from the High School of Fashion Industries to Vogue for a tour of their new office and to meet with editors; and students from around NYC to Two Sigma for a lecture by Professor Jennifer Rexford, Computer Science Department Chair at Princeton University.
- Launching a 1-1 youth mentoring program to inspire LGBTQ-identifying teens to pursue careers in tech, including internships, coding classes, and other post-secondary training opportunities.