Year Up Arizona is pleased to announce enrollment for the January 2018 class is now open. The program is geared towards low-income young adults (ages 18-24, without college degrees) interested in developing the skills needed to reach their potential to succeed in today’s professional business world. Year Up is a yearlong program where students receive six months of technical and professional skills training, followed by a six month internship at a corporate partner.
“We entered the Phoenix market in 2015 and so far we’ve had over 165 students go through our program,” said Kim Owens, executive director, Year Up Arizona. “Our students come from all over the Valley with different backgrounds, but they are all committed to learning technical and professional skills to become employable. They have gone on to have internships or full time employment with our corporate partners such as Go Daddy, PayPal, American Express, TruWest Credit Union and Bank of America. It’s really rewarding to see their hard work pay off.”
Year Up Arizona is located at GateWay Community College’s Central City Campus at 1245 E. Buckeye Road in Phoenix. Year Up students are enrolled in school and earn college credits that they can use to complete an Associate’s Degree the following year.
Since 2000, Year Up has helped more than 14,000 low-income young adults across the U.S. catapult themselves from poverty to the middle class. Locally, in Arizona 89% of Year Upgraduates are either employed or enrolled in college full time within 4 months of completing the yearlong program, with average starting salaries of $34,650/year.
Owens added, “Year Up offers employers a pipeline of skilled, motivated entry-level talent.”
Throughout the year, students receive an educational stipend to defray living expenses. Upon completion of the program, Year Up students will earn up to 30 stackable college credits and six months of direct career experience. More importantly, they graduate ready to launch a meaningful career and contribute to the economy and community.
Founded in 2000 in Boston, Year Up has been connecting young adults who need opportunity with companies who need their talent. Outcomes from Year Up sites nationwide include the following: 100% internship placement for qualified participants; 75% retention through the program; 85% positive outcomes (employed or enrolled in college full-time within 4 months of program completion); $16/hour ($33,000/year) average starting wage; and 90% employer satisfaction.
Year Up Arizona is open to all 18-24 year olds in Arizona with a high school diploma or GED certificate. Interested candidates are encouraged to visit www.yearup.org/apply or contact the Year Up admissions team at 480-376-0898 or [email protected]. Applications for the January class are due by Dec. 20, 2017.
About Year Up, Inc.
Year Up‘s mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Year Up achieves this mission through a high support, high expectation model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, internships and college credits. Its holistic approach focuses on students’ professional and personal development to place these young adults on a viable path to economic self-sufficiency. YearUp currently serves more than 2,700 students a year at sites in Arizona, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Jacksonville, the National Capital Region, New York City, Philadelphia, Providence, Puget Sound, San Francisco Bay Area, and South Florida. To learn more, visit http://www.yearup.org or http://www.youtube.com/yearupinc.