We hand-select respected practitioners of diverse professions who have demonstrated their commitment to teaching their metier to enterprising individuals.
Click here to find our Mentors.
Each Mentor has a profile page giving an intimate understanding of their discipline and list the skillsets Mentors teach during the apprenticeship.
We match Mentors with driven individuals who show in their application a desire to learn, practice, and hone skills of a certain discipline. Apprentices pay a match fee of $500 for 200 hours of training.
Upon successfully completing the apprenticeship, Apprentices receive a certificate of completion and a written evaluation validating their commitment to learning.
Apprenticeship Connections, Inc. (AC), is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
The ability to choose is a gift - and the value of making an educated choice cannot be underestimated. Apprenticeship Connections gives individuals the opportunity to experience the excitement and challenges of a profession before committing to a choice.
Beyond that, the interpersonal relationships formed during the apprenticeship have fundamental connections to many other vital aspects of life in our complex society. In order for us to build our services and develop the partnerships that will enable our program to thrive, we need community support.
We invite you to join our network, meet our mentors, and support our cause.click here to donate
Founder & Board Chair
Anne Tilney is a staunch believer of every individual having the opportunity to explore and discover their inherent potential. After receiving her BA in Sociology from Columbia University, Anne had experiences that ranged from farming to working in the corporate sector. These enriching experiences manifested in the inception of Apprenticeship Connections. Through Apprenticeship Connections, Apprentices and Mentors engage in meaningful experiences that endure throughout a lifetime.
Saamia Noorali received her B.A. in Global Development Studies from the University of Virginia. Using her anthropology-based major, she wrote her thesis on the process through which refugee relief camps become permanent settlements. When she realized that she needed a tangible skillset in order to apply her liberal arts education to work with refugees on ground, Architecture School seemed to be the perfect solution. After completing her first year of a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, she realized that what she had imagined Architecture School to be was entirely different from what it actually was.
Her experience served to be an important lessons for her: No matter how “right” or “wrong” a discipline may seem, there is no way to really know without some firsthand experience. This is exactly why she believes in Apprenticeship Connections and the incredible potential it has as the means to many new beginnings..
Carly Lugus is currently a senior at Albemarle High School and is interested in attending the University of Virginia. Carly handles the social media for Apprenticeship Connections and is working on a campaign to grow our community of mentors and apprentices. She is very passionate about entrepreneurship and startups, as she wishes to enhance the lives of others through amazing products and services. As an intern at Apprenticeship Connections, she hopes to help people find and gain meaningful experiences in which they will use to change the world for the better.