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Google Trailblazer is a global network of leaders, advocates, and ambassadors for computer science (CS) education who will be charged with empowering youth and educators around the globe to be connected to and inspired by computer science.

The application period for Google Trailblazer has ended.

In this inaugural year, Trailblazer Students are high school/secondary school youth 13+ and Trailblazer Fellows are adult educators or advocates who are either instructing or innovating with computer science pedagogy to influence the world in a positive way.

Opportunity

Trailblazer Students and Fellows are given the opportunity to bring a voice to and raise awareness of expanded access to computer science education for all; they will also be connected to partner organizations for mentoring, given virtual and in-person educational and professional development opportunities, and receive access to in-kind and monetary support to be used toward their future advocacy efforts around CS education.

 

Students

Program Overview

Through our Trailblazer Student program, Google provides one year of training, mentorship, and resources to support students with a passion for expanding access to computer science education.  After completion of this training, Trailblazer Students will be invited to participate in the Trailblazer Alumni network.

 

Online Community Engagement

Trailblazer Student will begin their ambassadorship on September 1, 2013 and are expected to commit to a minimum of one-year of active participation in the Trailblazer Online Community where they will engage in and lead discussions with Trailblazer Students from around the world regarding computer science outreach.

 

Trailblazer Academy

Trailblazer Students will be involved in a multi-week online Academy beginning in October 2013, which will provide students with training in leading Cutting-Edge CS Activities, Policy & Outreach, as well as Leadership & Personal Development. The course will culminate in an in-person experience with their Trailblazer cohort.

Trailblazer Students are expected to attend online courses once a week for the duration of the Academy.

 

Global Summit

Trailblazer Students are invited to join in a 3-day Global Summit bringing together Trailblazers from around the world November 15-17, 2013. The summit will be held in Mountain View, CA.

 

Local Outreach Project

Trailblazer Students will be required to launch an outreach program based on their personal interests, community networks, and learnings from the Academy. Funding will be available for the top ideas out of each cohort.

 

Alumni Network

The Trailblazer Alumni network is designed to allow its members to continue their CS outreach efforts with the support of Google, partner organizations and fellow Alumni.

After completion of the Academy, Trailblazer Students will be eligible to remain an active part of the Alumni network until their graduation from high/secondary school.

Trailblazer Online Community

Trailblazer Students and Fellows advocating for access to computer science education all around the world convene together on Google+. This global community gives all of our Trailblazers a home base to share ideas, collaborate on projects, make new connections, and have face-to-face discussions through Hangout.

After their first year of engagement, we encourage students and fellows to continue participating in this global network of leaders to continue creating positive change around the world.

This Google+ online community is open to active and Trailblazer alumni only. To learn more about Google+ communities, click here.

Eligibility

Trailblazer Students have demonstrated their leadership potential and are passionate about making an impact on a range of issues, including access to education, community engagement (online or face-to-face), mentorship and policy reform.

 

Trailblazer Students should possess the following skills and traits:

  • Collaborative nature
  • Strong communication skills
  • Leadership potential
  • A high-level of interest in and demonstrated involvement with computer science
  • Concern about global education
  • Ability to generate and articulate impactful ideas
  • A commitment to volunteering or other community engagement
  • A desire to effect large-scale change with an emphasis on increasing engagement of socioeconomically disadvantaged students, girls, and underrepresented minorities

 

Trailblazer Students must be:

  • 13+ years of age
  • Enrolled in high school/secondary school (have not started college/university)
  • Proficient in English (desired); Bi- or multi-lingual a plus
  • Nominated by an eligible Google in Education partner organization

 

Google Trailblazer follows a strict nomination process:

  • Trailblazer Students and Fellows are nominated by a select group of Google in Education partners and programs from around the globe. To learn more about Google in Education, RISE, and Google Science Fair, please follow the provided links.
  • Nominated student and fellow applications will be accepted in the July 24 - August 18, 2013. Trailblazers will be announced September 1, 2013.
  • Once selected, Trailblazer Student profiles will be displayed on the Trailblazer website.
  • Nominations will open for Google Trailblazer 2014 in the winter of 2013.
  • The application portal for 2013 is now closed.

Fellows

Program Overview

Through our Trailblazer Fellows program, Google provides one year of training, mentorship, and resources to support educators and adult advocates with a passion for expanding access to computer science education. After completion of this training, Trailblazer Fellows will be invited to participate in the Trailblazer Alumni program.

 

Online Community Engagement

Trailblazer Fellows will begin their ambassadorship in September 1, 2013 and are expected to commit to a minimum of one-year of active participation in the Trailblazer Online Community where they will engage in and lead discussions with Trailblazer Fellows from around the world regarding computer science outreach.

Trailblazer Fellows will serve as mentors to a cohort of Trailblazer Students during their first year of the program.

 

Trailblazer Academy

Trailblazer Fellows will be involved in a multi-week online Academy starting in October 2013 which will provide the Fellows with training in leading cutting-edge CS Pedagogy, Policy & Outreach, as well as Leadership & Professional Development. The course will culminate in an in-person experience with their Trailblazer cohort.

Trailblazer Fellows are expected to attend online courses once a week for the duration of the Academy.

 

Global Summit

Trailblazer Fellows are invited to join in a 3-day Global Summit bringing together Trailblazers from around the world November 15-17, 2013. The summit will be held in Mountain View, CA.

 

Local Outreach Project

Trailblazer Fellows will be required to launch an outreach program based on their personal interests, community networks, and learnings from the Academy. Funding will be available for the top ideas out of each cohort.

 

Alumni Network

The Trailblazer Alumni network is designed to allow its members to continue their CS outreach efforts with the support of Google, partner organizations and fellow Alumni.

After completion of the Academy,Trailblazer Fellows must reapply each year, outlining their ongoing interest in and active engagement in CS education, in order to remain an active part the Alumni program.

Trailblazer Online Community

Trailblazer Students and Fellows advocating for access to computer science education all around the world convene together on Google+. This global community gives all of our Trailblazers a home base to share ideas, collaborate on projects, make new connections, and have face-to-face discussions through Hangout.

After their first year of engagement, we encourage Trailblazers to continue participating in this global network of leaders to continue creating positive change around the world.

This Google+ online community is open to active and Trailblazer alumni only. To learn more about Google+ communities, click here.

Eligibility

Trailblazer Fellows have demonstrated their leadership potential and are passionate about making an impact on a range of issues, including access to education, community engagement (online or face-to-face), mentorship and policy reform outside of the traditional classroom environment.

 

Trailblazer Fellows should possess the following skills and traits:

  • Collaborative nature
  • Strong communication skills
  • Leadership potential
  • A high-level of interest in and demonstrated involvement with computer science outside of a traditional classroom environment
  • Concern about global education
  • Ability to generate and articulate impactful ideas
  • A commitment to volunteering or other community engagement
  • A desire to effect large-scale change with an emphasis on increasing engagement of socioeconomically disadvantaged students, girls, and underrepresented minorities

 

Trailblazer Fellows must be:
  • An accredited teacher or a member of the programs team for a nominating partner organization currently working with high school/secondary school students
  • In compliance with all child welfare and protection laws as set forth by Google, its partner organizations and regional/national governing bodies
  • Nominated by an eligible Google in Education partner organization
  • Proficient in English (desired); Bi- or Multi-Lingual a plus

Google Trailblazer adheres to a strict nomination process:
  • Trailblazer Students and Fellows are nominated by a select group of Google in Education partners and programs from around the globe. To learn more about Google in Education, RISE, and Google Science Fair, please follow the provided links.
  • Nominated student and fellow applications will be accepted July 24 - August, 2013 for Google Trailblazer 2013. 2013 Trailblazers will be announced in September 1. 2013.
  • Once selected, Trailblazer Fellow profiles will be displayed on the Trailblazer website.
  • Nominations will open for Google Trailblazer 2014 in the winter of 2013.
  • The application portal for 2013 is now closed.

Partners

Overview

Leveraging our extensive network of STEM partner organizations, potential Trailblazers will be sourced via a closed nomination process. As a Trailblazer partner organization, our partners possess a keen  understanding of the attributes that would make for an exceptional Trailblazer Student or Fellow, connecting us with champions of CS who would benefit the most from the opportunities and support to be gained from the Trailblazer program.

As partners, their nominees will have access additional CS engagement opportunities and local organizational support through their organization - an essential component of our network. This engagement will insure direct connection to a larger community in need, therefore expanding knowledge of and access to computer science education.

 

Partner requirements:

  • In order to qualify as a Trailblazer partner, an organization must demonstrate  the following:
  • Currently in partnership with Google in an official capacity (e.g. RISE Recipient, CS4HS, CAPE, etc.)
  • Ability to provide year-round engagement opportunities to Trailblazer Students and Fellows located in their geographic area
  • Have a stellar track record of achievement in CS Outreach
  • Preference will be given to partner organizations working to promote and support CS education initiatives with an emphasis on increasing engagement of socioeconomically disadvantaged students, girls, and underrepresented minorities from around the globe

 

Partner Expectations:

  • Identify and nominate potential Trailblazers and Fellows for each Trailblazer “season” of one calendar year
  • Communicate year-round opportunities for Trailblazer engagement to Programs Team
  • Participation in any required Trailblazer partner trainings, meetings or workshop

 

Nomination Process:

Eligible partners will be contacted by a member of the Trailblazer Programs Team in the summer of 2013. If you have a question as to the process or your eligibility, please contact your designated Google point of contact.


FAQs

Students/Fellows

Q. I’m a student interested in the Trailblazer program. Can I apply?

A.  Students and fellows must be nominated by a partner organization in order to apply for the Trailblazer program.  Please see the eligibility sections for Students and Fellows for details on the nomination process.

 

Q. How long is the Trailblazer program?

A. For students, the Trailblazer program consists of one active year, after which you remain in the Trailblazer Alumni community until you finish secondary school. For Fellows, the Trailblazer program consists of one active year, after which you remain in the Trailblazer Alumni community for the duration of your career in CS Education (annual renewal and demonstrated active educational outreach will be required).

 

Q. What happens after I finish high school/secondary school?

A. When you finish secondary school, you will be become part of the Trailblazer alumni community, and will be connected with Google’s University Programs team [insert hyperlink to Google Students] to learn about relevant opportunities.

 

Q. If I’m not a Trailblazer, is there something for me?

A. We understand that not everyone can be a Trailblazer, but we do want to make sure everyone understands how CS applies to them. If you are interested in other opportunities offered by Google, please visit our Google Students and Google in Education pages. For external opportunities, please visit Google RISE Awards and Code.org [hyperlink to all].

 

Q. I am related to a Google employee. Can I still apply?

A. Trailblazer is designed as an outreach program to give students who lack access to information about CS education the opportunity to do so through engagement with our network of advocates.  As Googlers, we pride ourselves in having access to the resources for our own children - therefore students who are related to a current Google employee or member of the Board of Directors are excluded from participating in the program.

 

Q. I am a Trailblazer and I have friends who want to join. How can I get them involved?

A. The best way to do this is to get them involved with the organization that nominated you. By doing this, you are already acting like a Trailblazer!

 

Q. How do I know if I have been nominated or not?

A. Don’t worry, you will know if you’ve been nominated!  You will receive written confirmation from the partner organization nominating you, directing you how to apply to the program.

 

Q. How many hours of my time will this program take up on a weekly basis?

A. In your first year of engagement, the average amount of time required to participate in the online community will be 2 - 5 hours per week. During the 3 month Online Academy, the average engagement time will be 5 - 10 hours per week. Once you have completed your first year, engagement time will be based upon how active you choose to be in the Alumni Network.

 

Q. Will there be travel involved as a Trailblazer?

A.Travel will be required for the Global Summit in Mountain View, CA from October 9- 11, 2013. Travel will not be required as a Trailblazer Student or Fellow otherwise.

 

Q. Do I have to pay any money to be part of this program?

A. There is no financial cost to participate. The only thing you have to give is your time and enthusiasm!

 

Q. Will I receive money as part of my Trailblazer experience?

A. No, this not a paid opportunity, nor is this considered employment with Google, Inc or any of it’s subsidiaries.

 

Partners

Q. How do I become a partner?

A. For  the inaugural launch of Trailblazer, partner selection is based upon current involvement with Google in a formalized capacity through programs such as Google’s RISE Awards, Computing and Programming Experience (CAPE) and CS4HS, to name a few. At this this time we will not be accepting unsolicited partner requests.

 

Q. I’m already a partner, how do I nominate a potential Trailblazer?

A. Partners will be contacted by the Trailblazer Program Team prior to each application season with information on how to nominate a potential Trailblazer Student or Fellow.

 

Q. I am already a Google outreach partner, how do I find out more about this program?

A. Please reach out to your designated Google contact.