The Wesley-Rankin Aspiring Professionals (WRAP) program prepares high school students for success in college and careers. Students who complete the program are set up to earn living wages and find themselves in careers with mobility. WRAP uses a 4-part approach: technical instruction, soft skill coaching, financial support and literacy, and parent education.
Beginning in the second year of the program, students receive a small scholarship (about $40-50/week) to continue participating and choose a pre-apprenticeship track to build skills for working in auto-repair or business technology. Students begin in 9th or 10th grade, and graduates will be equipped to enter directly into an apprenticeship, ongoing education, and/or another career pathway to a living wage.
No matter what a student's long-term career interests are, this program has something for them!
What to Expect When You Join WRAP
Entering WRAP 9th Grade
Entering WRAP 10th Grade
What is the Purpose of WRAP Coaches?
WRAP's coaching philsophy is based on Jim Herrington's definition:
"I believe that adults learn in a fairly simple way: we gain information, we practice in real life and then we reflect on our practice. Then we repeat, with support, until we start to see real change. A coach can help share information from a pool of expertise, can help you decide how to practice and give you support for your practice, and then can help you reflect in a way that empowers your learning from both success and failure. I believe that this kind of learning is learning that lasts."
Coaches guide WRAP students through this learning cycle by helping determine useful practices, asking good questions to spark reflection, and offering their expertise.
What to Expect During Summer Internships
There’s no better way to experience professionalism than with a hands-on approach. During WRAP Summer Internships, interns will gain new skills, identify gifts and growth areas, create valuable connections, learn through exposure to new environments, and practice important workplace skills like communication and time management.
The Wesley-Rankin Summer Internship program is set up for students to work 20 hours per week at a rate of $12 per hour. If an Employer and an intern would like to increase those hours, they are welcome to work that out between each other. Employers have the flexibility to provide an ideal schedule for interns. For example, some interns may work Monday-Thursday for five hours per day; others may work Monday-Friday for four hours per day.
While WRAP is open to new internship opportunities, previous internship placements have included:
- New client intake
- Office assistance
- Inventory management & organization
- Event support
- Line work
- New volunteer training & integration
- Data entry
Questions? Contact Youth Education Manager, Rachel Kramer, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.