My younger brother, a high-school sophomore, is asking about internships and other interesting opportunities for people his age in Rochester, NY.
My younger brother is academically unremarkable. He has few or no adult role models. He is reluctant to talk to adults, even when he needs help. For example, it's been difficult to get him to work with his school counselor.
He seems to have few hobbies beyond videogames and socializing, plays no sports, is not a member of any extracurricular clubs. He has no technical skills (e.g., not handy with computers, not a great problem-solver) and not much sticktoitiveness. He hasn't held any part-time jobs, although, to be fair, it sounds like there are few in his immediate area (a sparsely populated suburb with mostly family restaurants), especially given his limited transportation options.
He's being raised by a cash-strapped single parent, so paid enrichment, group travel, and study abroad are likely to be an insurmountable challenge. My own ability to contribute financially is also limited (nor do I live anywhere near them). He has no relatives who can provide leads.
He's asked a couple times about colleges, and I've mentioned the value of being an interesting applicant. I also think that it'd be great for him to get out of the apartment and be around interesting people doing interesting things.
What I think he might find useful:
- formal internship opportunities that target high-school students
- exploratory, enrichment, and development programs for young adults
- shadowing and mentoring programs
- nonprofits and charities that can work with unskilled teenage volunteers
Please be as specific as possible in your answers. Suggestions of "try volunteering!" or "check with a local university!" are not likely to be helpful: I'm not in a good position to find a placement for him, and his own ability to make arrangements is pretty nonexistent.