The Seaport Foundation’s Apprentice Program uses the craft of woodworking and traditional boatbuilding as an immersive experience that teaches technical skills and habits of mind that are needed for success in employment and adulthood. Apprentices work alongside experienced woodworkers, carpenters, boat builders, and mentors who teach and challenge them each day.
Our goal is to provide a life-changing, hands-on learning opportunity for young people, ages 16-22, who have struggled with significant obstacles and are eager to get on a path to success. The young people we serve need a shot at creating a good life. Many have had issues with law enforcement, some have not succeeded in school, and some suffer from anxiety or depression. All of our young people have lost their path to success and need a nurturing environment to learn, grow, gain confidence, and build a new and firmer path.
The Apprentice Program provides a structured curriculum with teachers and mentors who provide an individual learning experience for each apprentice. Our staff and volunteers provide support, personalized learning, mentorship, and skills these young people need to grasp hope, transform their lives, get job-ready, and become the citizens Alexandria and our region need for a bright future.
The Apprentice Program is six to nine months in duration, depending on individual apprentice needs, and includes the following steps:
Apprentices are paid a weekly stipend during the trial period and are paid hourly once accepted into the program.