Our Model

Propel America connects employers, high schools, training providers, industry-experienced mentors and technology in a scalable, low-cost system of skill-building, job training and placement that engages young adults at the critical transition between high school and post-secondary life. 

Propel America is not a program operated in certain sites by one non-profit organization. Instead it is a model that brings together local, pre-existing institutions into unified systems of 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 has a three phase approach to supporting high school students transition to career: 

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

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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.



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