Maritime Apprentice Program

The Hull Lifesaving Museum's Maritime Apprentice Program (MAP) is an intensive, multi-year career exploration program that prepares Boston's most high-risk youth for adult responsibilities and careers in the technical trades. MAP provides intensive hands-on, skills-based training, in combination with counseling and work readiness preparation in our fully equipped Seaport Boatshop in downtown Boston. MAP's apprentices, ages 17-22, are all committed to the Department of Youth Services (DYS) or are in adult corrections, are deeply gang-involved, and have long, repeat histories of incarceration.  

Outcomes: MAP's 9-year Social and Individual Impact, 2004-2013 (December 2013)
  • 89% of MAP's former dropouts have returned to school, attained a high school credential, or remain in school.
  • 60% of MAP apprentices have pursued advanced training, entered a union, attained employment, and/or gone to college.
  • 79% of apprentices have not re-offended since entering MAP.

MAP Prospectus
2009 - 2011

MAP Key Measures Report


Apprentices are paid an hourly wage and are required to co-enroll in GED or diploma-granting programs as a condition of MAP participation. Those with high school certificates continue on to college, advanced training, certification and credential programs, internships, or work. MAP offers an extraordinarily personalized approach to addressing pervasive unemployment, under-education, and recidivism. The staff of professional trades-people, teachers, and social workers embrace the ethic of "never giving up," providing apprentices with a lifeline and sanctuary of safety and support. In a very real sense, MAP is an adoptive family for its apprentices.

Pioneering a model for serving the city's most proven-risk youth, MAP discovers, tests, and documents methods that work - and don't. MAP is unusually long term and intensive, working with each apprentice year-round for a minimum of two years, 22 hours per week. We participate in monthly PACE and DYS Re-entry Panel meetings that establish youth referrals before their release from long-term incarceration and create professional relationships that promote high-level, sensitive information exchange.


Key MAP program components include:

  • Required co-enrollment in GED or high school diploma program.
  • Hourly wages covering all MAP and MAP-related activities.
  • Required co-enrollment in GED or high school diploma program.
  • Hourly wages covering all MAP and MAP-related activities.
  • Individualized talk therapy and group counseling.
  • Technical skills training (carpentry, gas and diesel engines, marine electrical and plumbing systems, power-train systems, blueprints, lines and offsets, planning, estimating, and analyzing, time and resource management).
  • Job readiness training (resumes, applications, interview skills).
  • Industry site visits, recreational activities, and cultural experiences.
  • A staff trained in psychological first aid and as trauma-first responders and a downtown Boatshop that is a safe haven encouraging fearless exploration of ideas, interests, and aptitudes.
  • An exotic waterfront milieu encourages apprentices to re-imagine and reinvent themselves in socially constructive ways.

For information on Admissions or Partnerships please contact Ed Norton.
For information on Funding or Outcomes please contact Sue Heilman.

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