Youth Exploration Program

The Youth Exploration Program is designed to introduce career exploration to in-school youth ages 14-21 with an IEP or 504 Plan to apprentice-able pathways in the trades.

The program consists of:

  • Work-Readiness Classroom Workshops: Held virtually or in-person during the school year
  • Summer Boot Camps: Work-based learning, 40-hour paid training
  • Exploring Trades Careers: Through job site tours, informational interviews, and job shadowing, when available
  • Strength Building: How to support ones needs while practicing self-advocacy, workplace communication, and team building

Our goal is to provide interest into ANEW’s Trades Rotation Program (TRP) and the Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Education (PACE) Program which are our pre-apprenticeship training programs for those interested in pursuing occupations in the construction trades. These 12-week programs give womxn and men the confidence and competitive edge needed to enter apprenticeship programs and high-paying construction careers. For information about our pre-apprenticeship programs, visit our Pre-Apprenticeship Training page.

This opportunity is made possible by the DSHS Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Program. ANEW is a nonprofit organization that offers youth programs statewide and is not part of the public school or school district and/or or affiliated with the educational system.  

For more information about the Youth Exploration Program, please contact:

Dee Jackson, Director of Programs