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The Harbor Freight Fellows Initiative

Transforming Career and Technical Education

 

The Harbor Freight Fellows Initiative (HFFI) is a partnership between Big Picture Learning and the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools program to elevate the respect and resources accorded youth (and their teachers). We support youth for whom the trades are the appropriate and chosen post secondary path to a fulfilling life as a professional and community member - especially those who have been historically marginalized in the trades through race, ethnicity, or gender bias.  

 

HFFI compensates apprenticing experiences with professional tradesperson mentors. Fellows work alongside mentors in real work situations to deepen their interest, develop hands-on practical skills, and broaden the professional network that will support them as they move through their professional lives. HFFI, CTE teachers, and industry mentors come together to provide transformative experiences for Fellows and strengthen CTE programs to develop a cohort of skilled, and committed youth entering the trades.

HFFI Announces: An Explorer Fellowship for Younger Youth!

Harbor Freight is piloting an Explorer Fellowship for younger youth up to 10th grade, see details below.


**Nominations for Fellows' cohort for 2022-2023 year open September 1, 2022**
 

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Harbor Freight Fellows provides:

Harbor Freight Pro Fellowships (older youth)

  • $1,000 scholarship to the youth for 120 hours of apprenticing with a trades person Mentor.

  • Stipends for trades-based Mentors and supporting staff members (Advisors) at participating organizations may be available.

Harbor Freight Explorer Fellowships (younger youth up to 10th grade)

  • $250 scholarship to the youth for 60 hours of apprenticing with a trades person Mentor.

  • Stipends for trades-based Mentors and supporting staff members (Advisors) at participating organizations may be available.

The Harbor Freight Fellows Initiative has served hundreds of trades bound youth in over 75 schools and 14 states around the country. HFFI is developing partnerships with a wide range of educators and industries around the country. Fellows have successfully completed apprenticing experiences in almost 20 trades.

 

For more information please view the Partners tab.

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