Jr. Apprentice

Jr. Apprentice curriculum cover
Developing the Next Generation of Talented/Trained Workers to meet Business Needs

Career Education + Work Experience = Engaged, Employable Teens

Jr. Apprentice (JrA) serves as an education to employment link designed to enhance and strengthen student motivation to graduate high school with robust pathways to a successful work life while simultaneously breaking down barriers youth face in the job market. It is a year-long work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy initiative for inner-city Hartford students that involves weekly training, off-site experiential learning at businesses and institutions of higher education, and culminates with each student earning a paid internship at a local business.

Jr. Apprentice aims to achieve impact in both the short and long-term by:

- Preparing engaged, career-ready teens: as an apprentice, a teen develops skills in a career path they find meaningful and financially stable.
- Building relationships: we've all heard the phrase, "it's all about who you know". Apprenticeships encourage a mentoring relationship between teens and working adults. These relationships also expand a teen's network of adult role models and advisors.
- Fostering connections between local professionals and the future workforce: Apprenticeships close the gap between school and career. They allow current employers to develop the local workforce and attract high-caliber talent to their industry.

Pillars of Student Success Entrepreneurship:
Financial Literacy:
Work Readiness:
Program Implementation Program Grade-Level
Virtual Grades 9-12

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