Propel America helps young adults go from high school into a career and higher education. We connect high schools, job-training organizations and community colleges, local employers and experienced mentors to build a clear path forward for students.
Propel America is not a program run in only certain sites by a single non-profit organization. Instead, it is a model that brings together existing institutions into a clear pathway bridging job training, job placement, and ongoing education. The Propel America model can be adopted in any community, urban or rural, red or blue.
Propel America’s support for young people has three phases:
Fellows enroll in a 6-week-to-9-month training program to earn career credentials from a community college, “training bootcamp,” or private training provider. Since students are out of high school but not yet drawing a paycheck, Propel America provides them with a stipend to minimize opportunity cost. Propel also provides one-on-one “navigator” supports through its industry mentors, teachers, staff members, and technology, as well as ongoing “peer cohort meetings” with a group of other Propel fellows in their area.
3. Credential, Interviews, & Transition
After fellows earn their career credential, they have a guaranteed interview with one of Propel’s partner employers. Propel’s navigator support continues for a fellow’s first six months in the job; fellows continue to receive advising, have cohort meetings, and get help planning for next steps, like college, or advancing their careers.
Propel’s navigator function is integrated throughout the program and leverages technology, industry mentors, teachers and Propel Staff to support fellows in their transitions
Help students to build a professional and peer network that can support them over the long term
Support development of career and life planning
Ensure students have access to supports and resources that they need to successfully transition to work
Students participating in Propel as high school seniors will identify a pathway of interest. The pathways are based on the opportunities within a community and will leverage existing public funding streams to cover costs where possible. For more information on our 2019 Pathways, please visit People and Places.