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.
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.
In addition to the regular Innovate curriculum, AHEAD fellows will attend 2 in-person sessions at Amazon corporate offices.