An introduction to work for eighth graders that
ignites career dreams and provides support to get there.

Learn by Doing

Eighth grade can be the start of something great; all it takes is an opportunity to prepare kids to positively shape their future careers.

Middle school is not too early to develop a wider knowledge of careers and positive work habits. Apprentice Learning gives students in eighth grade in the Boston Public Schools exposure to the culture of work through short apprenticeships and hands-on learning. Adult professionals boost students’ practical skills and insights necessary for success in the workplace and in life.

Working with Boston Public Schools since 2012, Apprentice Learning tackles the opportunity gap, the disparity in access to quality educational resources needed for all children to be successful in school.

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The Opportunity Gap

“Over the last 40 years upper-income parents have increased the amount they spend on their kids’ enrichment activities, like tutoring and extra-curriculars, by $5,300 a year. The financially stressed lower classes have only been able to increase their investment by $480, adjusted for inflation.”

—NYTimes,7/7/12 David Brooks

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"We walk by buildings and don’t take a second glance. But once you go inside, it's a whole new world. As soon as I walked into the Wyss, I saw things I'd never seen before, things I'd never even imagined."

Dacxel, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering

"It's important for kids my age to have opportunities like Apprentice Learning because it teaches us to work in a working environment. I'm more prepared for jobs in the future."

Abdul, Mission Hill School