Developing the Future Workforce through Work Experience
Career Education + Work Experience = Engaged, Employable Teens
Jr. Apprentice (JRA) is a teen apprenticeship program dedicated to developing Hartford's future workforce. By exposing high school students to a vocation of interests, the program's ultimate purpose is to:
- Provide teens the opportunity to develop skills in a career path they find meaningful and financially stable.
- Build social capital through mentoring relationships.
- Foster closer connections between current employers and the future workforce.
Jr. Apprentice, founded in 2013 as a program of the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education, became a Junior Achievement program in September 2019. JRA intends to achieve impact in both the short and long-term.
Apprenticeships are an example of experiential learning. For 3-6 hours per week over the course of 3 months, teens gain technical and social skills in a vocation of their interest, through close mentorship from an adult. Additionally, apprenticeships allow current employers to develop the local workforce and attract high-caliber youth to their field.
Jr. Apprenticeships are available in a range of industries. All are projected to have future job growth, be financially stable, and most importantly have an incredible & committed professional-mentor.
How to Apply:
Jr. Apprentices are students in their Junior Year at Hartford area high schools.
Jr. Apprentices are selected by the extent to which they demonstrate "the 4 I's":
All students submit written essays and a letter of recommendation upon applying to the program.
Ways to get involved:
Do you want to directly impact a Jr. Apprentice student?
Become a professional mentor or make a donation.
Need more information? Contact Eliana Cardeno.
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