Build Something That Really Matters
The Out in Tech Mentorship program runs for eight weeks, twice a year (Fall and Spring) We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2017! The Fall 2017 program will run from October 2 to December 8.
Mentors and Mentees meet for two hours a week – one hour dedicated to working on a self-design technical project, one for imparting life wisdom.
Cohorts visit ridiculous tech company offices to speak with employees, learn about workplace diversity and inclusion, and see how much fun work can actually be!
Join the Mentorship Program
Become a Mentee
Are you a curious young mind interested in learning more about tech? Want to know more about all the work that went into making that amazing selfie filter (or what it’s like to work at the company that made it?) You need to be an Out in Tech Mentee!
We’ve got an amazing mentor waiting to show you the ins-and-outs of tech, and support you as you work together to build your dream project.
Join the Mentorship Program
Become a Mentor
Are you a professional in the tech industry with mad skills? Bet you are. You design, code, market, or strategize – and you make it all look easy. Now’s your chance to put those skills to good use: Become a Mentor!
There’s an LGBTQ+ student who would love to meet you, learn from you, and maybe even show you a cool new thing or two.
“The Out in Tech Mentorship Program connected me with an amazing mentor who was willing to share his unique experiences and instill in me the confidence to be my authentic self. I gained a new perspective, wisdom, communication skills and an invaluable and supportive ally.”
Denis Toro, 18
“Out in Tech provided me the opportunity to combine my passion for social justice and improving the LGBT community.
I created an event with my mentor to bring Trans Youth to Facebook ‘s offices to share their works of art with employees as well as other Trans Tech professionals.”
Je’Jae Daniels, 21
HMI Transgender Employment Project
Out in Tech is proud to be a partner of the Transgender Employment Project at Hetrick-Martin Institute, focused on the empowerment and safety of young transgender women of color. Hetrick-Martin Institute, home of the Harvey Milk High School, believes that all young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.
Through Out in Tech’s Youth Program, we’ve brought members of HMI to visit various companies including LinkedIn, Two Sigma, VH1/Logo, and more soon!
These field trips facilitate career access for Out in Tech Youth. How, you ask? Students will:
- Meet LGBTQ+ individuals working in tech and hear about their personal stories
- Visit tech-focused workplaces to get a sense of what it’s like in the industry
- Ask questions pertaining to their own career trajectories and personal stories
- Network and build relationships with professionals for prospective internships
“We partnered with Out in Tech to expose our youth to LGBTQIA and gender affirming tech companies. In return, our youth received valuable memories, business savvy insiders, and the confidence to really picture themselves working behind some of the biggest names in the tech industry.”
Educational Specialist at Hetrick-Martin Institute
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. Events at Microsoft, Pinterest, and Bank of America.
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