The Robby Poblete Foundation is working with local unions, workforce development agencies and county offices of education to help raise awareness about opportunities in skilled trades among high school students, young adults, and those in need of a second chance. RPF is currently providing apprenticeship scholarships for those who have been accepted to an apprenticeship but cannot cover the associated costs for work boots, tools, books and apprenticeship fees. RPF can also help cover transportation to apprenticeships for those who qualify.

If you would like to be included in our distribution list and receive emails about upcoming opportunities, please fill out the appropriate survey below. You may also email us directly at


RPF offers scholarships for commercial driving training and trades apprenticeships (including Laborers, Electrical, Sheet Metal, Pipefitters, Operating Engineers, Ironworkers, Carpenters, and more). We are committed to helping those who are looking for career pathways and are in need of a second chance. RPF can also help provide transportation to training. If you are interested in opportunities in commercial driving or building trades, please email


Chezarae Griffith, 28
Parole Reentry

“Following my release from prison I was told right away that I needed to find a job. I applied at various locations but never had any luck. Either my lack of experience in the work field or my past convictions made employers look past me. Even if I did get hired, I still didn’t have a reliable source of transportation to get to work. RPF helped me obtain a reliable source of transportation and provided me with the support and resources I need to get a job in the trades. Because of RPF I am now employed and moving up in my company.” read more

Jake Goulart

“The foundation has helped me through a lot, besides helping me get my equipment and the job, they have had the patience for me to join the job I’ve been dreaming of and made me rethink about life and giving me the patience to learn how to wait. Also it’s thanks to Alyssa with the Robby Poblete Foundation and their partners, Ken with the Ironworkers Apprenticeship program, and Danny with the Napa Solano Building Trades, who gave me the opportunity to do this and to start a new life and a real career, one that’s good for me. I’m grateful for meeting the people I did and for all the support and guidance through life.” 

Kameron Witt

Kameron Witt was barely making enough to make ends meet when he came to a career fair co-hosted by RPF, where he filled out one of our apprenticeship surveys. He was accepted in an apprenticeship program for laborers and was given an RPF scholarship to cover his tools, apprenticeship fees and other on-the-job equipment.  read more

Lauren Jones
RPF Loli Poblete Apprenticeship Scholarship for Women

Lauren was homeless when she came to RPF and wanted to go through an underwater welding program. She is the first RPF Loli Poblete Apprenticeship Scholarship for Women, and received a $1,000 check to go toward her training. Outcome: Lauren graduated from the program and is now employed full time.    read more

Richard Johns, 30
Parole reentry

“RPF helped pushed me further toward accomplishing my goals.” read more

T.L., 43

“Robby Poblete Foundation has helped me start a new chapter in my life. They gave me an opportunity I could not afford monetarily but have been wanting to do for a very long time. The future has become brighter because of this. Some of the burden I walked with everyday has been lifted.” read more

F.H.C. 34

“I was released from prison a year ago and soon discovered the challenges of finding employment for the formerly incarcerated. Before I was released, my wife told me she had been in contact with a woman named Pati, who started a non-profit in honor of her son, Robby, to help people like myself get a career in the trades. This peaked my interest due to my previous welding training that I was unable to complete while incarcerated. As soon as I was released, the Robby Poblete Foundation began assisting me immediately…” read more

Monique Cook
Commercial Driving Scholarship

“Robby Poblete Foundation gave me support I needed to achieve independence.” read more


The California Wellness Foundation

The Robby Poblete Foundation, created in honor of Robby Poblete, who was killed by gun violence in Vallejo, Calif., in 2014, has been awarded a $150,000 grant from The California Wellness Foundation.

“We are so honored that The California Wellness Foundation has selected us as a grantee. Their mission to promote safe neighborhoods and healthy environments is in alignment with our mission to reduce gun violence and increase… read more



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RPF partners with the Napa Solano Building Trades on an annual Apprenticeship Bus Tour for high school students. You will see firsthand the various apprenticeship centers throughout the county and learn more about each trade – from carpentry, to sheet metal, to ironwork, and more. If you are still in high school and are interested in learning more about opportunities in vocational jobs and paid apprenticeships, and participate in events like this, please fill out this survey.


If you are between the ages of 18-24 and want to learn more about the opportunities in different trades, and what it takes to qualify for a paid apprenticeship, please fill out this survey. We will reach out to you as opportunities come up. You may also email us at once you complete the survey if you are interested in applying for an apprenticeship now.


If you have been through the correctional system and are now looking for a second chance, please fill out this survey so we can keep you posted on opportunities in the trades. Please indicate if you have experience in the trades, and if so, what specific trade you’ve been exposed to.


Your support and contributions will enable us to present more gun buyback events in counties throughout California, preventing these firearms from falling into the wrong hands and potentially saving lives.