100 spaces available in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Maryland, Virginia and D.C.

A lot of young people talk about making an impact... someday. How about making an impact right now?

Are you:
  • Someone who cares about changing the world for the better?
  • Interested in tech, biology, personal development or other somewhat nerdy pursuits?
  • Curious about the world?
  • Looking for other people into the same things as you are?
If any of the above apply to you - YOU just might be who we’re looking for to join the AHEAD program, powered by TKS.


Inspiring young students from all backgrounds to pursue their #STEM passions – and providing them with the proper tools, education, and resources to do so – is critical to increasing diverse representation in tech. Amazon has created, AHEAD (Amazon, Hardware, Embedded, Artificial Intelligence, Design), a program that aims to inspire and motivate underrepresented students to develop and pursue their interests in technology. This fall AHEAD is partnering with The Knowledge Society (TKS) to offer a fully-funded 10-month STEM fellowship program for students ages 14-17 focused on innovation.

This program is designed to engage historically underrepresented youth residing in the Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay, or Washington, D.C. (D.M.V.) metro areas.

All fellows must meet the following criteria:

  • Ages 14-17
  • Designed for historically excluded youth, including Black, Latinx, and Native American students and those that identify as female
  • Reside in the Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay, or Washington, D.C. (D.M.V.) metro areas
  • Have a desire to learn about emerging technology and make an impact
  • Able to participate in a 10-month program from September 2022 - June 2023 (1×3hr virtual session each week with your cohort)
  • Able to attend two in-person sessions over the 10-month program
  • No prior tech or coding experience required

The Knowledge Society (TKS)

The TKS Innovate program is modelled after curriculums from Harvard, Stanford, and MIT, and designed to replicate the learning environments of Google and Facebook. Hands on training and world class coaching are combined to give our Innovators a learning environment that is completely different from traditional school.

TKS students have earned internships at companies like Amazon/IBM/Microsoft/Neuralink as young as 14 years old, started companies at over $70M valuations, gotten full-ride scholarships to leading programs like UNC's Morehead-Cain, and spoken in front of 10,000+ people on global stages like Web Summit, SXSW, CES, etc, and even been recognized by organizations like the World Economic Forum.

TKS Virtual Program

What you'll do in TKS:

  • Learn about the future and how emerging technology is disrupting the world, including Artificial Intelligence, Genetic Engineering, Space Tech, and Quantum Computing + 20 more.
  • Access mentors from companies including Amazon, Google, Tesla, Apple, Microsoft, Telus, BenchSci, and more.
  • Work with global organizations to solve real challenges using advanced problem-solving frameworks. Last year TKS students worked with the United Nations, XPRIZE, Shell and Ikea.
  • Be part of a global community of like-minded young people where you can meet your best friends and future co-founders.
  • Get training from Olympic-level innovation coaches to help you discover your interests and build meaningful projects.
  • Accelerate your personal growth by training the mindsets, mental models, and habits of world leaders and CEOs.
  • Develop your personal portfolio of Masters-level projects to earn access to exclusive opportunities including internships, conferences, and guest speakers.

Key Program dates

  • DEADLINE EXTENDED! Application deadline: August 16, 2022. Late applications will be considered if there are spaces remaining.
  • Information sessions for students & parents: August 4-9, 2022 -> REGISTER HERE
  • Interviews: August 5-August 21, 2022
  • Orientation: Late August, 2022
  • TKS x AHEAD program: September, 2022 through June 2023

More information about the TKS Virtual Program can be found here.

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