Adults: We Need You!
We are seeking adults who have an interest in helping high school students and first-year college students go from good to great. Share the wisdom you have accumulated over the course of your lifetime. Help these young adults understand what the world will expect from them.
There are four ways you can get involved:
- MENTOR our Rainmakers Candidates (participating students) and help them become Rainmakers. Never leave your home or office — all interactions between our volunteer Mentors and our student Candidates occur via telecommunications technologies. Give us two hours or two days of volunteer time. You won’t make a cent but you will make a better young adult! There are a wide variety of activities you can join — from judging their team projects to conducting mock telephone interviews.
- MOTIVATE our students by providing us with short (five – ten minutes) videos that detail your progression from eighth grade student through your post-high school education efforts to get the degree or credential you needed to get the job you wanted. We would want you to discuss your successes and failures, current job pressures, how your role in your current job fulfills your expectations … or not … and other things you think will be of interest to our students.
- MANAGE one or more of our Rainmakers Candidates during a two-week (or 14 non-consecutive days), unpaid, off-site internship during which the intern will submit a product or project that is likely to provide no benefit to your business. That’s right — no benefit. While your business may never use the product the intern delivers to you, hosting a teen through the process of being an accountable worker will stay with him or her forever. We expect you to demand a complete and error-free project with an on-time delivery. Your letter to the Rainmakers Candidate at the end of the experience summarizing your satisfaction (or lack thereof) with the student’s performance will determine if he or she is successful or not. Success opens a number of doors to those Candidate’s, so your opinion is important. If your letter documents his/her failure, the Candidate can try again with a different employer.
- MAINTAIN a Rainmakers Internship Preparation Program (RIPP) in your local high school by offering scholarships in any amount to our best performing seniors who can use additional funds during high school, or for college, trade schools, or related expenses. Your donations would be accepted and disbursed according to your directions through the local school district foundation, which is usually a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.