What is SUMMER RISE ?

 

Summer RISE is an initiative led by the Montgomery County Public Schools’ (MCPS) Partnerships Unit in collaboration with local businesses, government agencies and non-profit organizations. It is a three-week, 60-hour program for rising MCPS juniors and seniors to participate in a career-based learning opportunity during the summer. Each host teaches students about their organization and how it functions as a whole, then helps the student learn about careers within their organization. The experience exposes students to career field options and provides students with advice from adults in careers they may want to consider. Many students do not have a clear understanding about careers, the requirements needed to pursue the career and what specific careers entail day in and day out. Students also do not have a sense of starting salaries. This program was created to help inform student decision making about life after high school. Through the Summer RISE program, students will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning opportunities related to their field of interest. Students will also be able to learn about and build upon professional skills determined by the business community as important skills to know.

Summer RISE exposes students to career fields and gives businesses and organizations an opportunity to explore the MCPS student talent pool. MCPS prepares students for their experience at host organizations through a mandatory workshop and instruction on expectations for workplace behavior, communication, and customer/colleague interaction. The workshop also includes a financial literacy component where students are taught the importance of being fiscally responsible. Students who complete the program will be provided with a $300 stipend to cover expenses, such as clothing, food, office supplies and transportation.

  • Student Registration - Opens at 12:00 am on Monday, March 18 and closes on Wednesday, March 27 at midnight.
  • Student Registration
  • Save the Date - Closing Ceremony Friday, July 26

Information

for Hosts

Student and Host Spotlights

Frequently Asked Questions

for Hosts


Call the MCPS Partnerships Unit at 240-740-5599 or email
Theresa_Testoni@mcpsmd.org or summer-rise@mcpsmd.org

Hosts invite students to your work location to teach students about your business/organization and industry/sector. Experiencing the operations of your organization or a particular career provides opportunities for hands-on learning about a career.

Summer RISE experiences should bolster participants’ awareness of what they need to do to be career-ready. We invite hosts to provide constructive feedback to students, as well as guidance about student career interests.

Hosts can register using the link provided on this website. Please note before you submit your registration, you will need to review and agree to the 2019 Summer RISE Host Agreement.

The Summer RISE team will review registrations and confirm with hosts if they have been approved on a rolling basis.

Businesses/organizations can host students at more than one site. If there are multiple sites, each host at each site will be required to participate in the host orientation.

Individual donors, businesses and organizations are welcome to make a philanthropic contribution to support the educational components of the Summer RISE program. Gifts/contributions can be made through the Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) Educational Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Maryland corporation. Gifts/contributions can be made online here https://www.mcpsfoundation.org/pages/our-programs/summer-rise or by check made payable to the “MCPS Educational Foundation,” noting “Summer RISE” in the memo line and mailing it to the Montgomery County Public Schools Educational Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 1007, Rockville, MD 20849-1007.  

To discuss your gift/contribution in further detail, please call the Montgomery County Public Schools Educational Foundation, Inc. office at 240-740-3216 or by emailing Ed_Foundation@mcpsmd.org.

During the program, you can email Theresa Testoni at theresa_testoni@mcpsmd.org. At the end of the program, you can respond to the brief survey MCPS distributes to hosts.

Summer RISE 2019 will run from July 8 to July 26. Each organization works with its students to set their schedules. Each Career Experience Host will ask Summer RISE participants to engage in activities 20 hours a week, no more than 8 hours a day, no more than 30 hours a week and a maximum of 60 hours over the three weeks. Each Career Experience Host will not allow Summer RISE participants to start their day before 7 a.m. or end past 6 p.m. Additionally, each Career Experience Host agrees not to allow any minor to engage in activities for more than five continuous hours without a 30-minute break. Hosts will validate at the end of the program that the student has completed 60 hours.

In addition to the initial host orientation, Theresa Testoni and the MCPS Partnerships Unit staff, will serve as points of contact during the three-week period for all hosts and student participants.

There will be a closing celebration on Friday, July 26. Details to follow.

Frequently Asked Questions

for Students


You can email summer-rise@mcpsmd.org or call the MCPS Partnerships Unit at 240-740-5599.

Any 2019-2020 high school junior or senior enrolled in Montgomery County Public Schools may register and will be expected to attend a mandatory in-person professional skills and financial literacy workshop.

Students will need to submit the signed 2019 Summer RISE Parent/Guardian Consent Form as part of your registration process. Students should have a signed consent form saved in their documents as a .pdf so you are ready to upload it during your registration process. If you need assistance, please contact a school counselor or your College and Career Information Coordinator.

 

You will be required to attend a professional skills and financial literacy workshop to learn about workplace skills and expectations. The workshop will help prepare you for your summer experience, will tell you what you need to know about being a Summer RISE participant and will give you an opportunity to meet program staff.  Students who have participated in Summer RISE in the past will be required to attend this workshop.

Before registering for Summer RISE, you should take the Naviance Career Interest Profiler and the Career Cluster Finder to help you identify career industries of interest. You will be asked to select three career areas of interest in order of preference.  You will be asked about your geographical preferences. Matches will be made on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to availability. Program staff will attempt to match participating students based on industry and geographical availability. While we cannot guarantee that all preferences will be met perfectly, we will seek to place students with a business/organization that will teach professional skills that can be used in multiple employment settings. Our goal is to help students learn about possible career options, provide experiences that will be useful no matter where students hope to work and prepare students for success after high school.

 

Schedules are flexible and determined by hosts and students once matches are confirmed. Please make sure you are available to engage in activities for 20 hours a week, no more than eight hours a day, no more than 30 hours a week and a maximum of 60 hours during the three weeks between July 8 through July 26, 2019. You will not be asked to begin your day before 7 a.m. or end it past 6 p.m. You will not engage in activities for more than five continuous hours without a 30-minute break. Hosts will validate at the end of the program if you have completed 60 hours. 

There will be a closing celebration on Friday, July 26. Details to follow.

Hosts and Partners