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Apprentice Learning

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Employment


PO Box 3000-68PO BoxJamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Apprentice Learning provides real-world work experiences for middle school students. We leverage career exploration to teach skills and to nurture dreams.


"All young people have dreams but not all have plans. Apprentice Learning inspires urban middle school students to nurture career dreams and make plans to achieve them."--Helen Russell, Executive Director, Apprentice Learning

Apprentice Learning (AL) offers career education programs for middle school students in Boston Public Schools that are designed to teach essential work skills and habits, expose students to a variety of careers, and introduce students to adults who are passionate about their professions. We help students make a clear connection between success in school and a satisfying, productive work life.

AL was established in 2012 in response to the high dropout rate in Boston. Growing evidence suggests that career exploration must begin early for under-resourced and at-risk young people. By teaching positive work habits and engaging young people in apprenticeships that match their interests, AL helps students gain a sense of purpose and a clear understanding of the link between career and academic success.

AL serves over 300 seventh and eighth grade students per year in five partner schools in Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, and Brighton. Our 60+ worksite partners include small businesses, financial institutions, human service organizations, STEM-related businesses, and cultural organizations.


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