GSA-ContractHolderYear Up is a 501(c)(3) college educational and workforce development organization that serves urban young adults, ages 18-24 years old by providing a pathway to enter livable-wage careers in information technology and college education.

Year Up’s one-year, intensive training program provides urban young adults with a combination of technical and professional skills, up to twenty-four college credits, an educational stipend and a six month information technology internship.

Year Up students complete a rigorous application process and are dually enrolled at local community colleges. Students earn college credits with an emphasis in CISCO IT Essentials curriculum and are able to test for A+ certification.

Year Up Students Trained For Intern Roles In:

  • Helpdesk
  • Customer Support/Service Desk
  • Desktop Support
  • QA Testing (New curriculum for spring 2012)
  • Business Operation roles requiring Microsoft Office skills

Year Up Students Are:

  • College enrolled and earning credits towards Associates Degree
  • Reside locally
  • Composed of a diverse talent pool

A partnership with Year Up ensures:

  • Recruitment of high-quality, diverse, college
  • students interested in information technology
  • Screening of potential college students through
  • the twenty-one week Learning and Development
  • (L&D) phase of the Year Up program
  • Training of the student in foundations of information technology and professional business “soft” skills through a college credit partnership
  • Supervision support and evaluation of the students while on internship

Year Up Timeline

Year Up’s year-round program ensures IT leaders a consistent source of IT interns:

  • Cycle 1: August 1 – End of January
  • Cycle 2: February 1 – End of July

Year Up students spend 36 hours/week at their internship site and return to Year Up every Wednesday afternoon to complete a three credit professional development training course.

Program Sponsorship Fee

The program rate for the Year Up program is $23,920 per student. In addition to the educational stipend received by the students, the program rate covers the academic component of the program (i.e., the college credits received during the learning and development phase), transportation expenses to the Year Up site and the internship site, and the direct and indirect costs of the placement, supervision, and training of students in federal agencies. The program rate does not cover any additional background checks (e.g., public trust or secret clearances) required by federal agencies

Year Up is on the GSA Schedule 738X (Human Resources).

Year Up Outcomes:

A recent evaluation of the Year Up program conducted by the Economic Mobility Corporation found that attending Year Up boosted a young adult’s annual earnings by an average of 30 percent compared to a control group. The study was a randomized controlled trial. Mobility president Mark Elliott called this “the most exciting evaluation results we’ve seen in youth employment in 20 or 30 years – and the first to show a really substantial earnings gain.”

Put simply, our model works: 100 percent of qualified students are placed into internships; 95 percent of interns meet or exceed partner expectations; and within four months of completing the program, 84 percent of graduates are employed or in school full-time. Those employed earn an average wage of $16 / hour or higher in the DC metro area (equivalent to $32,000 plus/ year).

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