In August, we blogged that our Apprenticeship Program was in the planning phase. Just a few weeks later, thanks to a lot of hard work by a number of HALO volunteers, we are ready to get the first round of apprentices to work! On Monday, October 10th, the pilot program begins, with two girls and one boy, all aged 17-18, excited to become apprentices.
The youth have been paired up with local businesses based upon their skills and interests. They will serve as an Apprentice for three months as part of the inaugural run of the program, although subsequent runs will probably last between 6 - 12 months, depending upon the business. During their three months, the youth will gain experience and make professional contacts necessary for success in a competitive work force. Throughout the three months, the apprentices will be mentored by a HALO volunteer who will check in weekly and serve as a liaison between the Apprentice and the business. The mentor will be there to answer questions, offer advice, and provide a shoulder to lean on as the Apprentices learn to navigate the working world.
Before the youth get into the workplace, they will go through a three week Orientation period at the HALO Learning Center, with workshops held two evenings per week.. The youth will get a crash course in basic professionalism, they will create a resume, and they will go through mock interviews to prepare for their apprenticeships. The Learning Center is going to provide interview attire and clothing appropriate for their jobs, so the youth and their mentors will also go on a shopping trip together.
The Apprenticeship Program is an exciting opportunity for the HALO Learning Center, area youth, and the Kansas City community to work together for the common goal of improving Kansas City and the lives of its citizens. If you want to become involved with round two of the Apprenticeship Program as a mentor, or if you would like to host an apprentice at your business, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.