New free Virtual teen college & Job prep courses
Empower your high school student (grades 10-12) and unlock their inner potential with our Generation Z Project.
Teens explore potential careers in virtual curriculum-based introductory college courses taught by experienced professionals. Additionally, through job readiness training, teens build their resumes, portfolios, and interview skills.
Space is limited. Courses: Introduction to Sports Management, Introduction to Social Work, Introduction to Information Technology, Introduction to Medicine, Introduction to Law, Introduction to Political Science, and our Entrepreneurship Academy.
Now serving teens in New Jersey, Maryland, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and New York.
Students study alongside like-minded peers while exploring a typical college experience.
Through our Generation Z Project, students will:
Be able to pursue a variety of skills and find careers they are passionate about.
Access college-level curriculums and resources.
Gain job interview skills and techniques.
Build work and school portfolios.
Match with a mentor who will check-in weekly and provide support.
Meet Our Instructors
Sharika Ara, Pharm.D. is currently an Allied Health instructor for a Higher Education Institute and a Medical Science Instructor for I’RAISE.
She received her bachelor’s degree in biology and doctoral in pharmacy from the University of Southern California. Her career began primarily as a pharmacist in the retail healthcare setting. Her focus shifted from the practice of pharmacy to education in healthcare in 2013. She felt passionate about teaching since elementary school, primarily because of the beautifully scented stickers that she received from her teachers.
As she got older, however, she began to appreciate the differences that teachers make in the lives of students. A school may label teachers and students, with the expectation that students learn from teachers, but she truly believes that learning goes both ways. Teachers can learn a lot from their students, which is something that she continues to appreciate.
Katie Wendle, an I'RAISE Law Instructor, earned her Juris Doctor Degree, magna cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law in 2014. She has been a litigator since then with a focus on commercial litigation. Her practice also encompasses personal injury, product liability, employment, and ERISA/pension law.
She has previously volunteered with numerous organizations focused on the welfare of children, including developing an Art Program at the Abbott House in Irvington, New York for children designated "unaccompanied minors" by the Office of Refugee Resettlement.
Zach Anderson, an I'RAISE Law Instructor, is an associate attorney in the Structured Finance department of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.
He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 2017 and has lived in New York since. He has spent time working for the United Nations High Commission on Refugees and for a non-profit immigration law project in Portland, Maine. He is originally from Denver, Colorado.