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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.

*Cohort 2021-22 Nominations Open Wednesday, Sept. 1st!*

Harbor Freight Fellows provides:

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

  • A $500 stipend to the professional trades person Mentor.

  • A $500 stipend to the supporting staff member (the Advisor) at the referring school or organization.

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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