Youth apprenticeship builds a more inclusive economy by connecting the learning needs of students with the talent needs of industry.



The Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship (PAYA) supports high-quality youth apprenticeships nationwide.

Created by New America in 2018, PAYA is a collaborative initiative that supports states and cities in their efforts to expand access to high-quality apprenticeship opportunities for high school age youth.

The Partnership convenes and mobilizes the expertise, experience, and collective networks of national, state, and regional partners to:

  • Support place-based partnerships to increase the number of youth apprenticeship programs aligned to PAYA’s Definition & Principles for High Quality Youth Apprenticeship
  • Facilitate learning and innovation to support the wide-scale adoption of best practices and enabling policies across a growing field
  • Strengthen the case and evidence base for youth apprenticeship to raise awareness and to mobilize policy, action and investment.

The PAYA Resource Library is a searchable database of the best youth apprenticeship resources from the Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship’s network of partners across the country.

You’ll find toolkits, best practices, case studies, and more to help you launch, expand, or improve a youth apprenticeship program. Whether you’re just learning about youth apprenticeships or are a seasoned pro, you’ll discover something useful in the library. If you aren’t sure where to begin check out the Topic Guides, curated lists of resources on popular topics like Youth Apprenticeship Basics and Employer Engagement. Our goal is simple: make it easy for you to find the youth apprenticeship knowledge and materials you need.

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National Partners

Advance CTE


Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeships

Education Strategy Group


National Alliance for Partnership in Equity

National Governors Association

New America

About the Funders

PAYA is supported by funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Carnegie Corporation of New York, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, Siemens Foundation, Smidt Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation.