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How It Works

  • We work with high schools across the country to prepare students in a variety of in-demand fields.

  • We help schools build partnerships with businesses to empower students to explore a variety of career options.

  • We guide students through NAFTrack Certification to gain benefits, like special consideration in the job application process.

Top companies are working with NAF to invest in their future.

When it comes to workforce development, top companies are investing time and resources to make work-based learning experiences happen at the high school level—from job shadowing to mock interviews to paid internships.

By engaging with NAF academies, they’re not just providing students with valuable experiences—they’re creating pathways back to their communities for future employees and increasing the local pool of diverse, skilled talent.

NAF’s Impact

NAF started as one NAF Academy of Finance in New York City in 1980 and has grown to serve over 117,000 students annually in more than 600 academies focused on growing industries including finance, hospitality and tourism, information technology, engineering, and health sciences.

In 2020, NAF academies reported a graduation rate of 99%, with 87% of graduates planning to attend college. Learn more about the NAF academies in your state and see highlights from select states with a high concentration of NAF academies: Florida, North Carolina, Texas.

"If you don’t know what you might be interested in, you can’t pursue it. By the time students are in college, a whole group of students who might have the aptitude but did not get the exposure are lost to my corporation."

— Scott Smith, Senior Vice President, Human Resources Operations, AT&T

Policy Publications

  • Work-Based Learning Policy Paper

    In this paper, NAF examines what comprises a high-quality work-based learning program, challenges to developing and expanding these programs, and recommendations for policymakers seeking to strengthen policies that support them.

  • Building Future-Ready Workforce Pipelines

    Young people who begin their careers without workforce skills and professional networks face longterm disadvantages in building rewarding careers, and this has consequences for talent pipelines and local economies

  • A Path to Economic Opportunity for America’s Young People

    As national and state legislators seek to address the fallout from multiple crises caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is essential they consider the effects on current high school students and young people launching their careers in the coming years.

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