Jr. Apprentice | Junior Achievement of Southwest New England

Jr. Apprentice

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.

Why Apprenticeship?

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":

  • Independence
  • Initiative
  • Imagination
  • Integrity

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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