The heart of the Alexandria Seaport Foundation is relationships.

Together, our staff, volunteers, and apprentices forge new paths toward the future and, in the process, transform each others’ lives.

Apprentice Stories

Darryl Brown, Apprentice Graduate 2016

After graduating from the Apprentice Program in 2016, Darryl enrolled in Northern Virginia Community College. He is now finishing his associate’s degree in social work. In addition, Darryl is a full-time employee at Sherwin-Williams and is looking forward to new career opportunities when he completes his degree.

Matt Hommell, Apprentice Graduate 2018

Matt graduated from the Apprentice Program in February of 2018. He was immediately hired by the Tall Ship Providence Foundation and traveled to Maine to work as a carpenter on the Providence’s restoration. Matt loves working on historic boats and is planning to move to Maine permanently.

Rey Suazo, Apprentice Graduate 2018

Rey graduated from the Apprentice Program in mid-2018 and landed a full-time job at Teel Construction, where he works currently. Rey is considering his next steps, which may include the US Marines or college.

Veshean Brown, Apprentice Graduate 2018

Veshean graduated from the Apprentice Program at the end of 2018 and began a culinary training program with DC Kitchen. Veshean plans to become a chef.

Diante Pollard, Apprentice Graduate 2018

Upon graduating from the Apprentice Program in mid-2018, Diante was hired by Scott Management to learn trade skills in the building maintenance field. He continues to work with Scott Management.

The Seaport Foundation’s work is enriched through volunteers of all kinds. Learn more about how you can get engaged.