Families and friends celebrate as apprentice of 10 months Nashell Dennis , apprentice of 4 months Coby Stewart, apprentice of 8 months Juan Carlos Henriquez and apprentice of 5 and a half months Anthony Ness receive their certificates during the apprentices graduation ceremony at the Alexandria Seaport Foundation on July 26.
Alexandria With bright blue skies and sparkling waters of the Potomac as a backdrop, the Alexandria Seaport Foundation celebrated the accomplishments of four apprentices on Friday, July 26.
Parents, friends, ASF staff, volunteers and board members watched Anthony Ness, Nashell Dennis, Coby Stewart and Juan Henriquez graduate from the foundation’s Apprentice Program. The celebration marked months of hard work and the acquisition of new career and life skills.
Through the building of wooden boats, ASF’s workforce development program readies unemployed youth to become successful, confident employees armed with the skills necessary to meet the challenges of the workforce. Alexandria’s unemployment rate for youth between the ages 16-19 is currently at 25.9 percent.
To learn more about the Alexandria Seaport Foundation’s Apprentice Program, STEM on the Potomac (an on-the-water program focused on science, technology, engineering and math), or its math enrichment program with Alexandria and Arlington middle schools, contact Mari Lou Livingood, executive director, at 703-549-7078.
The Alexandria Seaport Foundation is located at 2 Duke Street in Old Town.