D.C.-based New America has announced an initial round of grants through the Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship (PAYA), a multi-stakeholder initiative focused on expanding youth apprenticeship opportunities in the United States.
Selected from a pool of more than two hundred and twenty applicants, nine grantees will receive awards of up to $200,000 to launch and expand high-quality youth apprenticeship programs in multiple cities and regions and a range of industries. The grants will support strategy development and implementation activities over a seventeen-month period, during which grantees will engage in cross-site learning and receive customized technical assistance from PAYA partner organizations and leading experts from the education, workforce, and policy sectors.
In addition, grantees will be invited to join the PAYA Network, a national learning community formed to support, connect, and work with leaders identified through the initiative to build the field of youth apprenticeship. To that end, PAYA will provide network members with resources needed to organize a variety of activities and deepen their impact in their communities.
Recipients include Apprenticeship 502 in Louisville, Kentucky; Career Launch Chicago; Early Care and Education Youth Apprenticeship in Oakland, California; and the Montana Youth Apprenticeship Partnership in Helena.
"New America is thrilled to support this network of innovators working to restore the link between education, employment, and economic mobility through youth apprenticeship," said New America president and CEO Anne-Marie Slaughter. "It's clear from the size and diversity of our applicant pool that communities of all sizes see youth apprenticeship as a transformative strategy for better connecting the learning needs of youth with the talent needs of industry. The PAYA Network is leading the way and, as they learn from one another, PAYA is ensuring these locally developed solutions can be shared and adapted to expand high-quality youth apprenticeship opportunities in more communities across the U.S."
For a complete list of recipients, see the New America website.