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The Summer RISE 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
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. 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 completed the program in
2019 were provided with a $300 stipend to cover expenses, such as clothing,
food, office supplies and transportation.
We invite you to become a Summer RISE Host to support high school student learning as they explore careers they may wish to pursue and to benefit by exposure to their energy, enthusiasm, creativity and innovative ideas. Summer RISE is committed to providing real-life educational and professional experiences to the ambitious and talented youth of Montgomery County. Your engagement will support our amazing youth by influencing the trajectory of their pathways and impacting their academic and professional development.
MCPS fully supports organizations by providing an orientation session on program expectations and meaningfully engaging youth in the workplace. During the orientation session, hosts will be provided guidance for creating a framework that each employer can adapt to create a unique career-based learning experience for its student(s). An overview of how students are prepared for their experience, as well as tips on how to work with high school youth, will also be provided.
During the summer program, we ask that hosts teach students about the following:
Summer RISE experiences show students what they need to do to be “career-ready.” Constructive feedback from supportive host supervisors bolsters student self-confidence and empowers them to take initiative. Summer RISE provides students with professional adult mentors who invite students into their worksites so that students can learn about professions in our local area.