Expanding youth apprenticeship is a strategy for building a more inclusive economy by connecting the learning needs of students with the talent needs of industry. Leaders from industry, education, and government in cities, states, and regions across the country are well-positioned to build public-private partnerships to scale youth apprenticeship opportunities across industry sectors, including advanced manufacturing, finance and professional services, healthcare, information technology, and more.
To support the efforts of leaders in cities, states, and regions across the country, the Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship (PAYA) seeks applicants for the PAYA Grant Initiative. Sites selected to receive grants will form the core of a visible national community of innovators at the forefront of the movement to expand participation in high-quality youth apprenticeship programs that produce equitable outcomes for students, employers and communities.
ABOUT THE GRANT INITIATIVE
PAYA is looking to support both:
Partnerships in cities, states, and regions working to launch new youth apprenticeship programs; and
Practitioners who are already leading existing high-quality programs to expand the reach or improve the outcomes of their programs.
Launch and expand youth apprenticeship pathways that are aligned to careers that pay family supporting wages and address the workforce needs of local industry partners;
Advance policy and system alignment to mainstream youth apprenticeship as a high-quality post-secondary option for high school age youth, with equitable access and outcomes; and
Articulate a long-term vision and plan for the sustainable expansion of their youth apprenticeship program(s).
To advance these strategies, PAYA will support grantees in three primary ways:
Funding to support cross-site learning, strategy development, and implementation activities between May 2019 and October 2020;
Technical assistance and support through peer-learning and access to national education, business engagement, and workforce experts; and
Recognition and visibility through national research, communications and storytelling efforts to support their cases for expanding high-quality youth apprenticeship.
Participants in youth apprenticeship programs generally range from age 16-24. To be eligible for this grant initiative, programs must be designed to start while apprentices are in high school, per the PAYA definition of high-quality youth apprenticeship. However, apprenticeship programs that plan to serve high school age youth in addition to serving a broader apprentice population are eligible to still apply.
HOW TO APPLY
To be considered for the PAYA Grant Initiative, partnerships must submit a completed application by 11:59 PM (PST) on March 8, 2019.
Please read the attached PAYA Grants FAQ Document before starting the application. The application portal Screendoor will save automatically, so applicants can come back to complete the form at any time before the deadline.
The application will ask each partnership to provide information across several sections:
PART ONE: PARTNERSHIP OVERVIEW: Who will coordinate the actions of the partnership and what area(s) will the partnership serve?
PART THREE: PARTNERSHIP GOALS: Where does the partnership want to be in October 2020 and what priority actions will it take to get there?
PART FOUR: COMMUNITY ASSETS AND PARTNERSHIP NEEDS: What champions, capacity, and policy enablers exist to support the partnership's efforts and what additional support(s) would be beneficial?
Once you have completed and submitted your application, a confirmation page will appear to confirm your successful submission. Screendoor will also send a confirmation email to the point(s) of contact provided in Part One.
If you have questions about the PAYA Grant Initiative or the application process that have not been answered in the PAYA Grants FAQ, please visit the Questions page in Screendoor at the top of this page to see if your question has been answered there. You may submit any unanswered questions via Screendoor and a response will be posted on the Questions page.
You can find out more about PAYA and the PAYA Grant Initiative and the Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship by exploring our website and related publications at here. Thank you again for your interest in joining us in this important work to expand youth apprenticeship.