AFW stands for America’s Future Workforce, a nonprofit that improves the skills of a population that matters most to the future of this country: the jobless and the underemployed. It’s a group of people who need help, and training this demographic is a huge responsibility - there’s one person willing to take the job.
Nate Mauer, the founder of AFW, helps people by providing on-the-job training to today's disadvantaged people and teaches them the necessary skills to become tomorrow’s leaders. He believes every person should be supported while they are in the program, so the fellows receive a stipend between $2,000 and $3,000 for the 8 week period. The application process is easy to complete, but competitive. Best qualified applicants have a desire to work and develop their skills. Students will benefit most from completing an internship with AFW because it permits them the chance gain hands-on, practical experience.
Of course, all internship programs teach professionalism, self-marketing, and time management. AFW is different, however. AFW Fellows are taught how to use their transferable skills while in their internship and are taught how to advance within a workplace.
Nate believes no one should have to work without pay to get ahead. From his experiences in workplaces he was in (the White House, Capitol Hill and other nonprofits) he saw a growing disparity between the well-to-do and everyone else.
Nate says his reason for starting AFW was because “ I wanted to provide opportunity to people and advocate for people in need.”
If you’re looking for a paid opportunity in a company of your choice, apply to America's Future Workforce. You can find the application on the charity's website, or you can directly go the application page: http://americasfutureworkforce.org/apply-afw.
I’m one of those that Nate has helped. I benefited from completing a grant writing fellowship with AFW because it permitted me the chance gain hands-on, practical experience. I also received on-the-job training that directly related to my Master of Science in professional writing.