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Youth Apprenticeship: A Vision for the Future, A Plan for Today

Youth Apprenticeship: A Vision for the Future, A Plan for Today

Learn more about the promise of apprenticeship for in-school and out-of-school youth.

November 16, 2021

At a Glance

Learn more about the promise of apprenticeship for in-school and out-of-school youth.

Visit JFF's Center for Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning
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Scroll down to find recordings of each panel.

Apprenticeships for young people can be a key connection point into the world of work. These programs provide opportunities for people of all backgrounds to develop true careers with growth potential.

How do we make earn-and-learn pathways a more common and equitable option for all 16-to-24-year-olds across the country?

Join us during this National Apprenticeship Week virtual event to discuss the promise of apprenticeship for in-school and out-of-school youth, and learn how leaders across the United States are implementing and expanding these programs in their schools, regions, and states.

This event is open to anyone interested in youth apprenticeship. Attendees will hear about how apprenticeship is being advanced at the federal and state level, how states are using those opportunities to create and expand youth apprenticeship programs for in-school and out-of-school youth, and how partnerships help to build and sustain Registered Apprenticeship for young people.


Introduction & Opening Remarks
Maria Flynn CEO, JFF
Andrés Tapia Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry
Myriam Sullivan Director, JFF
Andrea Messing-Mathie Director, JFF
Stage Setting: Meeting the Moment
Tameshia-Bridges Mansfield Vice President of Workforce Innovation, JFF
Eric Seleznow Senior Advisor and Founder, JFF's Center for Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning
Brent Parton Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Labor
Digging Deeper: Building Youth Apprenticeship Opportunities and Career Pathway Systems for all Young People
Edison Freire Director of Gateway Initiatives, JEVS Human Services
Michele Jacobs Senior Director of Youth Development, United Way Greater Atlanta
Jacob Maas Chief Executive Officer, West Michigan Works!
Mary Ellen Sprenkel President & CEO, The Corps Network
Melissa Stowasser Assistant Vice President, Community Partnerships, Trident Technical College
Partnership Narration
Jonathan Payne Senior Program Manager, JFF
Luke Rhine Director of Career and Technical Education and STEM Initiatives, Delaware Department of Education
Colleen Conaty Supervisor CTE & Talent Development, New Castle County Vocational Technical School District
Ruthann Messick Workforce Development Coordinator, Delaware Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
Patrick Callihan Executive Director, Tech Impact
Closing the Loop: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Joshua Johnson Director, JFF
Michelle Zimmer-Maertz HR Business Partner, Menasha Packaging
Serenity Howard Youth Apprentice, Menasha Packaging
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