- Mouse Alum, Hudson High School of Learning Technologies
- Mouse Digital Portfolio: Sol-Tech, Dining Band, Extend-an-Arm, Gap Assist
- Apprenticeships: New York City Council, ROKO Labs, Mozilla Foundation, Hive NYC Learning Network
What has been the impact of being involved in Mouse?
“Mouse really changed my high school experience.” As a member of the Mouse Squad at her all-digital school, Zainab developed her leadership and technical skills, noting that “people look up to the Mouse students as role models in the school.” She has especially enjoyed designing technology projects that positively impact the lives of others.
“Joining Mouse showed me who I can be. Mouse brings out the potential in youth through technology and helps you to be the best you can be. Mouse brings out the leader in you.”
How have these experiences strengthened your passion to engage more young women in technology?
Zainab moved to New York from Nigeria when she was 12 and credits Mouse as helping her “to feel empowered, not only as a student, but as a woman.” Once she joined Mouse, Zainab felt she had many people who believed in her and what she could accomplish. Zainab encourages other girls to join and play an active role in Mouse.
What is your biggest take-away from your experiences with Mouse?
Beyond the skills and knowledge Zainab gained being in Mouse, her most important take-aways are the relationships she made. Through Mouse, she developed friendships with several inspiring mentors who have encouraged Zainab to believe in herself and her passions. “Mouse is the highlight of my life. It gave me so many opportunities and shaped who I am today.”