PAYA Gives Nearly $3 Million to Expand Youth Apprenticeships
The Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship (PAYA) has awarded nearly $3 million to support 17 partners across the country that will expand and support high-quality apprenticeship programs for youth and young adults. PAYA is an initiative led by New America, a nonpartisan think tank, and is supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and numerous other funders.
The grants seek to advance PAYA’s goal of establishing 10,000 youth apprenticeships by 2025. Apprenticeships typically allow people to earn credentials and a paycheck while training alongside skilled mentors — and often help young people access postsecondary programs and gain good jobs.
The grantees include six new partners in different states — California, Indiana, Michigan, New Mexico, New York and Tennessee — who will create multi-year strategies for expanding and strengthening youth apprenticeships locally. Nine existing partnerships across the country also received funding to accelerate apprenticeship initiatives launched in 2019.
CareerWise Colorado and the Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeship Program at Trident Technical College in South Carolina also received support to serve as PAYA National Learning Hubs. The organizations will support the youth apprenticeship field by hosting summits and contributing to research on youth apprenticeships. They will provide technical assistance to other PAYA partners, too.
The grantees will develop and expand their programs using PAYA’s principles for youth apprenticeship. The principles emphasize quality opportunities and list equitable access to programming as a key pillar of apprenticeships — including targeted supports for those adversely impacted by long-standing inequities in educational systems and the labor market.
“To compete for quality jobs in the recovery and build careers in the economy of the future, young adults will need postsecondary options that combine work experience and structured, low-cost pathways to degrees,” says Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO of New America. “Youth apprenticeship is uniquely designed to meet these needs. As communities navigate the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, these grants will provide critical support to public-private partnerships working to develop and rapidly expand apprenticeship opportunities for youth.”