Since 1993, The Seaport Foundation’s Apprentice Program has used the craft of woodworking and traditional boatbuilding to deliver an immersive experience that prepare them for success in employment and in adulthood.
Apprentices are paid $14/hour and can expect to spend 9 to 12 months working alongside experienced woodworkers, carpenters, boatbuilders and mentors on a three-phase curriculum to gain workforce readiness skills and life skills.
Over the past 10-years (2013 to 2022), the intervention of the Apprenticeship Program, the Seaport Foundation seen Apprentices achieve the following:
WHO IS THE ALEXANDRIA SEAPORT FOUNDATION? The Alexandria Seaport Foundation was founded in 1982 to preserve Alexandria’s maritime heritage. The Seaport Foundation expanded its work in 1993, when the Foundation developed its cornerstone Apprentice Program to serve disconnected youth between the age of 17 and 24.
Your donation allows ASF to continue to serve disconnected youth in our communities. Every dollar you give goes directly to supporting our facilities, staff, and programs. Giving is easy. You donate online at www.alexandriaseaport.org or via the mail at PO Box 25036 Alexandria, VA 22313.
Do you have woodworking or construction skills and have some free time. Come to our Boat Shop on the Potomac waterfront and help mentor our Apprentices to develop woodworking and boat building skills.
Do you have a background in teaching or tutoring? Come help mentor our Apprentices as they work toward receiving their GED, obtain a Driver’s License or receive Financial Literacy and Budgeting training.
The Seaport Foundation is embarking on an ambitious expansion of its current Apprentice Program to expand the number of Apprentices served from 10 -12 to 15 – 18. This expansion includes the construction of an additional building to meet the needs of the expanded Apprentice Program. Seaport Center II, a purpose-built building is scheduled to commence construction in the Spring of 2024. This building will add an additional 3,500 square feet of workshop and meeting space. Once completed, The Seaport Foundation will have more than 5,400 square feet of space from which to deliver its Apprentice Program.
Raises more than
$600,000 in the community
Engages over 150 volunteers who
give more than 4,500 hours
Teaches and mentors Alexandria’s highest need youth
“I am changing for the better. Because of what I’m learning at the Seaport Foundation, I’m thinking of my future, and I’d like to become an electrician.”
``To me, The Seaport Foundation means hope and second chances.”
“The personal satisfaction of watching an Apprentice gain self-confidence while learning a skill and completing an assignment is all it takes for me.”
In 2016, Darrel's parole office referred him to the Alexandria Seaport Foundation where he entered the Apprenticeship Program. Today, he has a B.S. Degree in Sociology, and is a job coach for individuals with disabilities.