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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


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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