Become a Professional-Mentor

Raejon Gaines, JRA Alumni, and David Paulson from United Bank

“Every great achiever is inspired by a great mentor” – Lailah Akita


Who are our students? – Jr. Apprentices are students in their Junior Year at Bulkeley High School and Pathways Academy of Technology and Design.

What is the commitment? – Apprenticeships are about 3-6 hours per week for 4 months (February-May). They involve meaningful work through which Jr. Apprentices learn more about your career & organization, and develop some of the skills you use to be successful at work. Jr. Apprentice will work with all professional-mentors to ensure that our students have meaningful experiences.

Our matching process – In January, professional-mentors interview 2-3 students. Once selected, the apprentices have a trial week at the site. After April, professional-mentors will have the option to continue the Jr. Apprentice’s employment through the summer. See reverse side for program timeline.

At no cost – Jr. Apprentice (not you!) pays students per hour of work and provides bus passes to get to and from the worksite. Being a professional-mentor is an investment of your time to greatly impact a local teen.

  • For more information, please contact Program Director, Eliana Cardeno at or (860) 702-3810