Information for Parents
The workplace is changing at an increasingly rapid rate. Many traditional jobs will disappear. Other jobs will migrate to the Internet. Today’s teens will need more preparation than any previous generation: more rigorous academic training and more of the ‘not-so-soft’ skills and character traits that will be key to survival in tomorrow’s workplace. New research reveals that those not-so-soft skills are also critical for success in college.
Our Rainmakers Internship Preparation Program (RIPP) offers our Rainmakers Candidates (participating students) the opportunity to learn about, practice, and apply those most important not-so-soft skills in a challenging and exciting program of work that will also help them get ready for their futures. Our program also prepares them to enter the Gig Economy, where they can secure online jobs and start earning money for college, or industry training, or other necessities before they graduate from high school.
Your Child Will Gain ‘Seasoned Confidence’
We offer your teens the opportunity to start thinking about, learning, practicing, and improving the skills that will be necessary for them to be successful in tomorrow’s globally competitive workforce. There are three sets of skills they will need:
- Hard Skills (the academic knowledge base that serves as the foundation of any career),
- Soft Skills (attitudes and behaviors that allow them to keep the jobs they get), and
- Search Skills (the ability to constantly build professional networks, maintain an impressive résumé, self-market, and interview well).
To prepare today’s students for the world-wide competition they will face for their entire working lives, we have created a slate of programs for three separate groups of students (grade 8, grades 9 and 10, and grades 11 and 12). Our programs give your teens the chance to be ‘early starters’ — building professional networks and understanding what their employer will expect of them.
We can make them ‘early starters’ and yet not demand a lot of their time. In fact, our activities can be squeezed into the small spaces of time that busy students have open in any given week. By the time these ‘early starters’ begin their transition to full-time employment as adults, or part-time employees as high school or college students, they will be so well-seasoned they will be able to navigate the Gig Economy or traditional jobs better than most of their peers, thus increasing their chances of workplace success.
With our training, and without ever leaving his or her bedroom, a high school student can seek employment, deliver a product or project to an employer, and be paid for their work, all in the virtual world. As part of the ‘human cloud,’ students can earn money for college, industry training, or transportation (as in ‘buy a car’). All they need is a computer and/or a smart phone, talent, and training.
We offer students in Grade 8 a program we call ‘The First Rung.’ We ensure that those students know that eighth grade is a pivotal year that can help them improve the trajectory of their performance in high school.
We offer high school freshmen and sophomores a program we call ‘The Stormy Wannabees Advantage Initiative.’ We expand the messages they heard from us in grade eight and lay the groundwork for them as they enter their final years in high school.
Juniors and seniors can participate in our keystone program: The Rainmakers Internship Preparation Program (RIPP), which will prepare teens for any competitive employment situation. What they learn in that program will also make them stand out in the college admissions process.
To be able to access this opportunity, local school districts need to adopt our program (as required by relevant school board policies), integrate it into the school calendar in targeted grades and, according to our specifications, add it to the list of extra-curricular activities offered to students, and display our recruitment and informational posters across the school year.
There is more information for parents in the bulleted list at the bottom of the page.
Don’t Miss This Additional Information:
Review our Sequence of Activities Across Grades and Programs.
What Can a High School Student Do for an Employer?
How Is Our Internship Program Different from the Traditional Model?
Launch The Internship Depot’s Programs in Your Teen’s School District.
Links to Other Relevant Material:
Review Our Program for Eighth Graders: The First Rung.
See Our Offerings for Freshmen and Sophomores: Our Stormy Wannabees Advantage Initiative.
Check Out Our Capstone for Juniors and Seniors: The Rainmakers Internship Preparation Program.
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