Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship

NAPE has partnered with New America and leaders from the education, workforce, and policy
sectors to launch the Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship (#PAYA) and expand youth
apprenticeship programs in the U.S. These programs work to connect the educational needs of
students with the talent needs of industry.

The Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship (PAYA) is a multi-year, multi-stakeholder initiative established in 2018 to assist innovative partners around the country in developing robust youth apprenticeship programs that can be scaled and replicated to connect the learning needs of youth with the talent needs of industry.

PAYA is a collaborative initiative designed to support the growth and success of emerging and existing youth apprenticeship partnerships in cities, states, and regions across the U.S.

Led by New America, PAYA includes eight National Partner organizations from across the education, workforce, and policy sectors: National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity,  Advance CTE, CareerWise Colorado, Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeship, Education Strategy Group, JFF, National Fund for Workforce Solutions, and the National Governors Association. 

The Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship (PAYA) is proud to announce this joint philanthropic investment to expand youth apprenticeship in the U.S. This grantee cohort includes a mix of partnerships from different regions focused on expanding youth apprenticeship across several industries.


  • Selected from over 220 applicants from 49 states and Puerto Rico, the PAYA grant recipients are:
    • Apprenticeship 502 (Louisville, KY)
    • ApprenticeshipNC (Raleigh, NC)
    • The Birmingham Promise (Birmingham, AL)
    • Career Launch Chicago (Chicago, IL)
    • Early Care and Education Youth Apprenticeship (Oakland, CA)
    • King County Regional Youth Apprenticeship Consortium (Renton, WA)
    • Montana Youth Apprenticeship Partnership (Helena, MT)
    • Texas Youth Apprenticeship Program (Austin, TX)
    • Twin Cities LEAP Initiative (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Over 17 months, grantees will:
    • receive grant funding;
    • receive tailored technical assistance and support from PAYA’s National Partners;
    • engage in cross-site learning; and,
    • earn visibility through national research, communications, and storytelling efforts.
  • Grantees will work together alongside national experts in education and workforce development to:
    • launch and expand youth apprenticeship pathways aligned to careers that pay family-supporting wages and address the workforce needs of local industry partners;
    • advance policy and position youth apprenticeship as a high-quality post-secondary option with equitable access and outcomes; and
    • improve understanding and awareness of youth apprenticeship to lay a foundation for sustainable expansion in more industries and communities across the country.
  • The PAYA grants will support diverse strategies tailored to the specific needs of local, state, and regional communities, but align with shared goals across the grantee cohort.
  • These grants will expand youth apprenticeship opportunities into industries including health care, information technology, financial services, and hospitality.

New NAPE Toolkit Forthcoming!​

NAPE will be introducing a new toolkit, Equity in Apprenticeships, to support the PAYA initiative. This toolkit will guide PAYA grantees (as well as the larger apprenticeship community) on how to identify and address barriers to access and success for individuals from underrepresented groups in apprenticeships, including women, people of color, people with disabilities, English language learners, and others. The toolkit will address barriers at the system, institutional, and individual level to realize the potential of our workforce.

PAYA is supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Ballmer Group, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Joyce Foundation, JP Morgan Chase & Co., and the Siemens Foundation.