Find an experienced beekeeper who can act as your mentor the first year. Most beekeepers are very excited about new beekeepers and young people with interest in the hobby. Build some relationships in the bee circles. You may even trade off some "apiary work" (lifting the heavy stuff) for an older beekeeper in exchange for the education / experience. Don't be afraid to ask.
Thats what I did and I have found a Great friend and mentor. Not to mention the jump in experince points of beekeeping.