Passport to Careers
The Passport to Careers program helps former foster youth and unaccompanied homeless youth prepare for and succeed in college, apprenticeships, or pre-apprenticeship programs. Passport to Careers includes two sub-programs: Passport to College and Passport to Apprenticeship Opportunities.
Passport to Apprenticeship is designed to remove barriers for youth and young adults, ages 13-21, who have experienced foster care or unaccompanied homelessness. This program supports those interested in enrolling, or who are enrolled, in a state registered apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship program. Passport to Apprenticeship covers occupational-specific costs and provides case management to help support youth and young adults exploring apprenticeship as a successful career pathway.
- 13-21 years old
- Experienced foster care after age 13 OR homelessness within the last year
- Will enroll or already enrolled in a state registered apprenticeship or state recognized pre-apprenticeship program
We can assist with:
- Work Clothing
- Work-related supplies
- Prepaid Phone or phone bill
- Transportation: bus pass, gas cards, driver’s license support
- Professional Clothing
- Union Dues and/or Initiation Fees
- Hygiene resources
- Apprenticeship Books and Tuition
- Emergency Services (Rent, Utilities, Car Repairs, etc.)
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Passport has helped me become more stable in every aspect of my life. I left home when I was 17 years old and was put on McKinney Vento, a program for homeless and foster youth. When I was 18, I was told I could sign up for Passport to Careers and get additional state funding because I was homeless youth. I was able to get help for school during the fall of 2020. Sadly, I decided to drop out that fall quarter due to still being homeless and not having the resources I needed to do online school. I decided to go to work and leave nursing behind me. Fast-forward two years, Halley Shriber, the Apprenticeship Navigator with ANEW, reached out to me about the Passport opportunity. After speaking with her, I was able to find a program that fits my skillset and found a career that I want; cosmetology. I’m still in the process of getting into my cosmetology program, but if things go sideways there, I know that Passport to Apprenticeships has more to offer made it very clear that they will support me in finding a career I like. I’ve spent a long time feeling alone as a new young adult. These past three years have taken a toll on my body, both mentally and physically, but this program has allowed me to breathe and dream again. Something I thought I wasn’t able to do anymore, and for that, I’m forever grateful.”
-Rene, Passport Program 2022
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