Propel America helps recent high school graduates (aged 18-24) move into a career and higher education. We make it easier for young adults to build a clear path to upward mobility, and we do this by connecting high schools, job-training organizations, colleges, and employers.
Propel consists of three phases:
- Core, a class held in high schools or post-high school graduation bootcamps,
- Specialization, when students (we call them fellows) train for specific career paths;
- Transition, which involves applying for and moving into jobs with Propel’s employer partners.
Throughout this process, fellows receive ongoing support and coaching from their local Propel team. fellows train at no cost to them, and they receive stipends to help meet basic needs while they train.
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Core is taught to high school students during their senior year and to high school graduates who are 24 or younger via a virtual Bootcamp. Participants prepare for a career pathway by exploring their job interests, selecting a high-demand local career path, and developing their professional skills. The course also helps students map their short- and long-term career journey.
Core is taught in Propel’s partner high schools by the school’s teachers. Local Propel staff lead the Bootcamp course that is offered to high school graduates.
With the support of local Propel staff, fellows apply for jobs at Propel’s employer partners. fellows may receive support on everything from preparing a resume to coordinating references or other job requirements. Once fellows complete their training program and are eligible for hire, they gain Propel alumni status, but they can continue to receive support from Propel in getting hired, navigating the workplace and learning about additional opportunities.