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The Montana Youth Apprenticeship Partnership (MYAP) was created with a grant from Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship (PAYA) that AJAY MT helped secure in 2019. One of our statewide partners, Reach Higher Montana, oversees the grant implementation and programming.

MYAP has successfully completed Phase I of the Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship (PAYA) grant deliverables which included development of MYAP’s 5-year strategic plan for statewide expansion. PAYA invited MYAP to apply for Phase II funding to continue with statewide expansion of the program, and MYAP received Phase II funding in 2021!


MYAP is a partnership of employers, educators, government agencies, and community partners working to increase opportunities for Montana’s youth to prepare for in-demand careers through youth apprenticeship programs.

MYAP is developing and piloting youth apprenticeship programs in Helena and Billings, targeting health care and information technology as primary industry sectors. Future plans include expansion of youth apprenticeship programs in more industries and more Montana communities. AJAY MT is proud to have served on the team building the foundation of this initiative.


This PAYA-funded work taps into the heart of the AJAY MT mission and bolsters our conviction that we can do even more when we work together. We want to thank the team that is building statewide opportunities: Billings Public Schools, Helena High School, St. John's United, Workmosis, Helena WINS, Reach Higher Montana, The Montana Department of Labor & Industry, MSU Billings City College, and UM Helena College.

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