I am a current high school student (senior year) with approximately 5 years of programming experience in full-stack web development, game development, and general scripting (C#, Python, JS, Java). I have a fairly reasonable resume with some awards (5th place at HPE Codewars International) and prior experience (full-stack development and leadership roles at two non-profits). The thing I am really struggling with is finding actual internships since most of them state that they are looking for college students.
I live in Texas and I am allowed to work part-time so that shouldn't be much of an issue, it's just finding opportunities that are a limiting factor. A lot of answers on this forum and in general mention leveraging your connections to land one of these positions, but I don't really have any so what is the best way to go about networking? I've been considering reaching out to recruiters and employees on Linkedin/email but I'm not entirely sure if that would be appropriate. Any advice is appreciated.