ANI’s Young Apprentices (ANYAs) are students, ages 6 through 21, who are enrolled in public, private or home schools. We also allot slots for students who are considered disenfranchised or who are aging out of foster care.
The current population served is from 10 counties in West Virginia. While ANI began in Greenbrier County, it has successfully engaged neighboring counties including Kanawha, Monroe, Pocahontas, Wyoming, Logan Tyler, McDowell, Boone, Fayette, Mercer, and Raleigh.
Of recent, there has been a substantial increase in requests for participation from both Greenbrier County students and its abutting counties. Of the counties ANI serves, ten of them are considered at-risk, distressed, or both according to the Appalachian Regional commission’s Economic Stats Report (2019), while three of them are in a transitional phase.
In keeping with our philosophy of advancing education through job-shadowing, this comprehensive programming connects ANI Youth Apprentices (ANYAs) with real-world experience in identified areas of career interest. Since 2015, ANI has successfully connected over 300 ANYAs to 39 companies in West Virginia.
Apprentice Network Inc.’s vision is to build a dependable, adaptable, motivated and highly skilled workforce. We also envision that every young person:
- is exposed to his/her possibilities,
- learns the benefits of working and learns to love to work,
- has the professional and technical skills to choose to begin work early,
- reaches his/her full potential.