If your entrepreneurial teenage son or daughter is not exactly thrilled about the prospect of four more years sitting in a classroom after high school graduation, fear not! With the rise of technology and an increasing dissatisfaction with college, new paths to successful professional careers are becoming ever more accessible. Below I’ve included programs and resources to keep in mind while your family begins to plan for your child’s post-high school education and career development.
Praxis is an intensive 10-month program that empowers entrepreneurial young people to take control of their career and life. Participants work alongside founders at successful startup companies located all over the country while completing a world-class liberal arts curriculum allowing them to develop into highly valued professionals. Read more from founder, Isaac Morehouse.
Thiel fellows are given a $100,000 grant to bring their most ambitious projects to life. Fellows work on their projects while building their personal and professional skill set through mentorships, workshops, and additional resources.
Enstitute places talented millennials in full-time apprenticeships where they learn by doing at the fastest growing companies. Apprenticeships are located in New York City, Waashington, D.C., St. Louis, and Miami.
Gap Year is a 12-month skills-building regimen designed to equip young adults to succeed in the 21st century. The program is divided into four phases, each lasting two-three months. These include living in a Gap Year House, traveling abroad, working at an internship, and completing a creative project.
Makeschool is a college replacement for founders and developers. Makeschool has a two year program focused on computer science education. Participants learn the underlying computer science theory, development best practices and design principles that enable them to ship polished products.