We employ the Whole Child Approach as a Mentoring Program

Career Exploration & Readiness Training

Career Program: Exploration & Apprenticeships

We help young adults succeed in life beyond sports by providing support in choosing careers beyond sports. Program members advance from Exploration - spending time shadowing various professionals to become more familiar with other career options to Apprenticeships.

Exploring is a work site based unpaid program for young men and women. The purpose of the Exploring program is to provide insight into real world careers by shadowing professionals.

Apprenticeships through A&B are a structured form of paid career exploration that includes on-the-job learning for young men and women ages 14 (and have completed the 8th grade) through 20 years old. If the program member finds a career that is interesting, it can help direct classroom instruction. Apprenticeships have been shown to boost future workers’ earnings and raise sponsoring companies’ productivity levels.

A&B partners with businesses representing varied industries including Architecture, Business, Construction, Energy, Engineering, Entrepreneurial, Finance, Graphic Design, Healthcare, Hospitality, Interior Design, IT, Sports Management, Sports Media Business Management, and Telecommunications. A&B interviews and provides guidance to our partners in the business industry regarding the type of opportunity extended and the expectations that accompany the opportunity. A&B then screens the young adults interested in the posted opportunities to facilitate successful matches. The result is a program of activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, and develop.

Business Partners also agree to provide scholarship for the apprentices upon successful completion of the opportunity expectations. Pay and scholarship amounts vary depending on the business industry and the specific expectations.

Benefits for participating Business Partners include:

·         Increase productivity.

·         Reduce cost of training.

·         Improve community relations.

·         Improve employee relations.

·         Reduce recruiting costs and provide skilled workers for the future

·         Increase staff loyalty and retention

·         Make a positive return on investment

Benefits for apprentices include:

·         Paid employment

·         Scholarship opportunities

·         Leadership development

·         Character Development

·         Social & Professional Networking

·         Community Service

We work with local, regional, and national businesses and organizations to deliver the Career Program. Career Program apprenticeships have been successfully established representing different career fields.

A&B college students participate as interns through working with Colorado State University and Colorado Mesa University.  In partnership with the Denver Public Schools Family and Community Engagement Program (FACE) and the City and County of Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) Summer Youth Employment Program high school and college students home on summer break are paid interns. Some of the careers they are interning for are Interior Design/Real Estate, Sports Management, Sports Media Business Management and Entrepreneurial career development. In 2017 college apprentices needing hours to graduate earned over 1,000 hours mentoring and responsible for coordinating various activities and events. Paid apprentices earned over 500 hours.

Apprentice program opportunity through WORKNOW https://work-now.org/ 

Athletics & Beyond board of Directors Treasurer Michelle McGee and Human Resource Manager Donna Edwards manage the operational and payroll for interns.