Advancing Human Capital Development in Opportunity Zones

Apprentice Power is a coalition of nonprofit organizations formed by the Center for Social Change and operating under the leadership of an Encore Fellowship program. We integrate business and social entrepreneurship in order to increase and diversify the multi-generational human capital endowment of the United States. We serve low-and-moderate-income individuals and communities and focus on opportunity zones.

Collaborators include: the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing and Helping Communities Work, a banking industry initiative focused on place-based impact investing. Our 3D printing and robotics apprenticeship grants program is intended to more holistically align the public and private sector education, human capital and workforce development systems, which includes the search and staffing industries. 

"A nation’s human capital endowment, which embodies the skills and capacities that reside in people and empowers them to create economic value, can be a more important determinant of its long term economic success than virtually any other resource. Human capital must be invested in and leveraged efficiently in order for it to generate optimum returns for the individuals and places involved and for the economy as a whole." (World Economic Forum)