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 a 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 them 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:
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.
Click on Each of the Black Boxes Below for More Details.
Contact Your High School Principal
Speak with your teen’s high school administrators and suggest that you would like your son or daughter to take part in our program so he or she can capitalize on and extend the hard work they do in their academic classrooms. Ask your district superintendent or high school principal to begin the process that will culminate in the approval and adoption of the Rainmakers Internship Preparation Program.
With our program, you can be sure your teen will be exposed to information that will help prepare him or her for both post-secondary education and workplace success. If you school leadership is interested, we will work with them — and with you — to initiate a successful launch.
We require all participating schools select a Site Director which is a compensated part-time job with minimal hours and flexible schedules. We work with school leadership to select a qualified parent for the part-time, paid position. Consider applying for that position — you may have the qualities we look for in a Site Director.
Our program provides information about academic, social, and workforce readiness to students as early as eighth grade and throughout high school. Students build their knowledge of business basics with our curriculum and activities and learn how to secure and serve a Rainmakers Internship. However, you should know that we require students wait until they turn eighteen before they can begin outreach to work with businesses who host our Rainmakers candidates.
Businesses and colleges alike consider internships quite impressive when successfully completed by high school students. And in today’s world, where job placement websites offer employers millions of online qualified applicants, most people still get jobs the old-fashion way: through personal contacts (networking). In fact, most reputable research cites that anywhere between 70 and 85 percent of new hires secured their jobs through their personal contacts. Therefore, the sooner young adults begin building their networks, the better. And that is exactly what we help teens do!
… What We Did
Ultimately, if jobs are changing rapidly — and drastically — and they are, then the way society prepares its young adults for the world of work also has to change. So we took a hard look at what used to be one of the best ways to prepare students for their future careers — the internship experience. We realized that a traditional internship no longer reflects what the real world demands of its workers.
Traditional internships still submit to their historical model — often taking as long as a year of a teen’s free time to slowly learn the ins-and-outs of one particular business while traveling back and forth to the business site and doing some (often boring) work in the process. But why should a student bother to learn the culture of a single business when today’s business cultures, unlike those of a generation ago, vary so much and change so quickly? Why bother to spend all that time on a business site when so many of tomorrow’s workers will report to work virtually? Why send students to serve internships that may not be truly aligned with their real likes and talents?
… Than Reinvent the Internship
In the process, we created a new paradigm that more closely mirrors tomorrow’s workplace. We also greatly reduced the burden that the old internship model placed on employers, thus opening opportunities for thousands of students to secure internships. We called our new program the Rainmakers Internship Preparation Program (RIPP). Through it, we can better prepare teens for their future jobs and immediate access to the Gig Economy.
Students who successfully complete the program have done something that will elevate them well above the competition — they will have proven they can create something (an internship) out of nothing. That’s what Rainmakers do. And colleges and employers alike love Rainmakers. With that success ‘under their belts,’ our newly designated Rainmakers are eligible for a free lifetime Membership in our online Rainmakers Club, where they can continue to build their professional networks and seek employment.
… to Focus on Careers
It’s never too early for a student to begin defining a set of general career goals. In our program, we help them work through processes they will need to master to secure and be successful in a real job. We ask them to create something out of nothing — that’s what Rainmakers do — because that’s what they may have to do when they are seeking employment as an adult.
Defining a career path takes several years as students mature, learn more about themselves, learn more about what the world will expect of them. Without doing a broad scan of available data, too many students pick the wrong major because they don’t understand what careers may be ‘attached’ to the knowledge in their college major. That’s why over 80% of students in college change their majors.
Changing majors in college is a very expensive decision. Additional courses may be required prior to moving into the electives connected to the career major, students lose time, have to spend up to six or seven years in school, postpone earning money, and take longer to pay back their student loans.
We have developed rigorous operating protocols to ensure, among other things, program efficacy and the safety and privacy of Rainmaker Candidates (participating students), Site Directors (paid program managers), Mentors (business volunteers), and Hosts (employers hosting virtual internships). As part of those protocols, students may not seek or accept internship offers or become Members of The Rainmakers Club until they have reached the age of eighteen. [Most employers will not contract with an individual under the age of eighteen.]