"Our students go on site tours to businesses and colleges, hear from guest speakers and work on their personal career plans. The idea of RAMP is to help area students envision a brighter future and develop the skills and a personal plan to get there."

—Youth Services RAMP Coordinator

Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMPTM) is a high-tech, career-focused mentoring program for youth age 14-18 in need of extra support. The RAMPTM model uses a combination of group, peer, and individualized mentoring to promote the successful transition of all youth, including those with disabilities, to employment, continued learning opportunities, and independent living.

Youth participate in weekly career preparation-focused group meetings, including peer-supported goal setting and exploration of careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Each youth meets regularly one-on-one with a mentor to develop and implement an Individualized Mentoring Plan.  While in RAMPTM, youth have the opportunities to:

  • assess and explore their own career interests
  • develop a plan and set goals for their transition
  • create a resource map of their community’s high-tech industries
  • gain workplace soft skills
  • build resume-writing and interviewing skills
  • interact with employers and experience a variety of work settings
  • give and receive peer support
  • take advantage of group and personal leadership opportunities
  • design and build a high-tech-related team project