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, higher education institutions, and nonprofit organizations. It is a three to four week/60 to 80 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.

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Date Event

March 2 – April 17, 2020

Host Registration - Open Now

Coming Soon Student Registration

May

Students Preliminary Placement

May/June

Required Student Workshops

May/June

Required Host Orientations

Monday, July 6 – Friday, July 31

Summer RISE Program

Friday, July 31

Closing Ceremony

Student and Host Spotlights

Frequently Asked Questions

for Students


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

Any 2020-2021 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 2020 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, we recommend that you 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 based on host industry availability and geographical region. While we cannot guarantee that all preferences will be met, we will seek to place as many 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.

 

Summer RISE 2020 will run for three to four weeks from July 6 through July 31, 2020. Each Summer RISE Host will work with its student(s) to set their schedules. The Summer RISE students will participate in the career-based learning opportunity for up to 80 hours over four weeks, and no more than 8 hours a day. Each Summer RISE Host will not allow Summer RISE participants to start their day before 7 a.m. or end past 6 p.m. Additionally, each Summer RISE 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 at minimum 60 hours.

There will be a closing celebration on Friday, July 31, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Bethesda Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda.

We will be posting a timeline for the confirmations on the Summer RISE website. Please continue to check your email for additional information from the Summer RISE program office. School staff or a member from the Summer RISE program office will connect with each student who has been selected to participate in the program to confirm the experience and location of the experience.

It is suggested that you complete the Naviance profile to help with your career selections during registration, but it is not required. You do not have to submit Naviance reports with your registration.

The Summer RISE team is working to find companies that represent as many industries as possible. If you know of any companies/organizations that would be willing to host, please email summer-rise@mcpsmd.org.

No. Summer RISE is a program for rising MCPS juniors and seniors.

Frequently Asked Questions

for Hosts


Hosts invite students to their work location to teach students about their 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 2020 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 Summer RISE. 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 Summer RISE, you can email Davida Gurstelle atDavida_Gurstelle@mcpsmd.org.At the end of Summer RISE, you can respond to the brief survey MCPS distributes to hosts.

Summer RISE 2020 will run for three to four weeks from July 6 through July 31, 2020. Each Summer RISE Host will work with its student(s) to set their schedules. The Summer RISE students will participate in the career-based learning opportunity for up to 80 hours over four weeks, and no more than 8 hours a day. Each Summer RISE Host will not allow Summer RISE participants to start their day before 7 a.m. or end past 6 p.m. Additionally, each Summer RISE 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 at minimum 60 hours.

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

There will be a closing celebration on Friday, July 31, from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.at Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda.

Students are responsible for their own transportation. Through the Kids Ride Free program, all students (ages 5-18) can ride the Metro buses using a Youth Cruiser SmarTrip card. Applications for SmarTrip cards are available at your school's administrative office.

All staff members who will be in contact with students should watch the video. Each person who completes the training module will receive a confirmation that their training is good for three years.

Hosts and Partners

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