Who We Are
Young Adult Career Connections of Martha’s Vineyard is a program created and run by ACE MV (Adult & Community Education of Martha’s Vineyard). At the helm is Career Navigation Specialist Lisette Williams of ACE MV, and the program is made possible by grants from MV Youth, Santander Bank, and The Couch Family Foundation.
What We Do For Young Adults
Here, 16-26 year olds on Martha’s Vineyard will find help with post-high school planning and will learn:
Our goal is that you leave this space with new ideas for the future and feel more prepared for life after high school.
We’d love to learn about you and your career readiness needs. Please take roughly 5 minutes to complete this form to help us help you.
Why We’re Here
ACE MV is the established adult education provider in Dukes County and is the Island’s only entity that offers comprehensive workforce education, including certificates, Continuing Education Units (CEUs), licenses, and degrees in business, health care, technology, trades, renewable energy, and language.
In 2019, ACE MV identified an important need: non-college-bound high school students did not have the support and guidance they needed to follow paths other than a four-year college.
To fill this gap, ACE MV partnered with MVRHS with the goal of creating a resource for Vineyard young adults to pursue technical careers and trade certifications, find jobs on the Island, and learn the soft skills needed to get and retain these jobs.
To offer these soft skills classes to Island 16-26 year-olds, ACE MV secured a grant from Santander, and has been hosting free classes in job readiness and financial literacy ever since.
Meanwhile, with support from Island philanthropist Sam Feldman, ACE MV launched Project Thrive, an internship program for high school students who wanted to explore careers. Our Internship coordinator matched five motivated students with five local employers from various industries, and the result was a resounding success with students gaining skills, confidence, and even jobs.
To further identify the specific needs of disconnected Island youth and young adults ages 16-26, ACE MV was selected by the Dukes County Health Council to host a group of Rural Scholars from UMass Chan Medical School to study and identify the unique obstacles faced by these young persons on MV, and to offer recommendations and solutions. Their presentation can be found here. ACE MV is working with Island stakeholders to expand these resolutions to benefit young persons across the Island. A formal presentation/white paper will be available in late winter.
Many thanks to MV Youth for making this initiative possible.