I Am Art. I Am Change. Youth Apprenticeship
11/23/2020 Update: To protect the health and well-being of your family, our community, and ET staff, we will be launching the apprenticeship for the 2021-2022 academic year. Starting this fall, we will begin to take applications on a rolling basis. If you would like to stay connected and informed, please email amaryllis@elevatedthought.org or subscribe to our mailing list. We will be happy to answer any questions surrounding the apprenticeship and the application process.      

Elevated Thought is excited to announce the 2020 I am Art. I am Change. Apprenticeship. This apprenticeship aims to provide artistic and financial opportunities for youth to explore and expand their creative skills. Applications are now open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors in Lawrence, MA and will close April 16th, 2020. We are looking for dedicated, hardworking artists and thinkers with a passion for social change. Apprentices will gain experience through working closely with our Creative Mentors to build their professional skills and artistic and social entrepreneurship. 

We are offering apprenticeships in the following tracks:
    ● Visual Arts (including painting, illustration, mural production, mixed media...)
    ● Photography + Digital Design (manual, digital, film, video, graphic design...)
    ● Creative Writing (poetry, spoken word performance, freestyle, essay, journalism...)


Apprenticeship Offerings:

  • Apprentices start off at $13/hr for 12 hours per week with opportunities for additional commission and project stipends. 

  • Full access to our art supplies, equipment, and workspace at ET headquarters.

  • Transportation will be provided (pickup from Lawrence High). 

  • Apprentices will be paired with a Creative Mentor experienced in the area of their chosen track (either visual arts or film/photography) who will expose them to new skills and approaches and support the development of the apprentice's artistic and professional skills.


Applicant Criteria:

  • In order to apply for the apprenticeship, the applicant should be entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade or a graduating senior.

  • Must live and/or attend a high school in Lawrence, MA

  • The apprenticeships are a significant time commitment; applicants should be willing to reduce or postpone other extracurricular activities and employment if accepted 

  • Must be able to attend the week-long onboarding and prep (dates TBA)

Application Timeline 

We are following the news and local policies regarding COVID-19 and social distance closely and will be updating the timeline with more detailed dates, times, and locations when the safest options become clearer. For now, we anticipate hosting info sessions virtually.

December 2020 — Apprenticeship applications open


January to February 2021  Virtual Apprenticeship Info Sessions; applicants, parents, and teachers are welcomed


April 16, 2021 — Application submissions close


April to May 2021 — Interviews & application reviews ​


May 2021 — Apprentices are notified of application status


Early July 2021 —The 2020 Apprenticeship Cohort is publicly announced 


Late August — Week of onboarding and Apprenticeship Prep with Elevated Thought Staff 

Early September 2021 - Apprenticeship start date

download our application packet here:

For further questions about the apprenticeship please contact amaryllis@elevatedthought.org

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