How It Works
See how the high expectation, high support model at Year Up works.
Year Up is a one-year, intensive training program that provides low-income young adults, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skill development, college credits, corporate internships, and support.
Challenging students to reach their potential.
Our program emphasizes academic and professional rigor, setting expectations high for quality of work and professional behavior. A strong structure guides students through the steps necessary for achieving success in the classroom and the workplace.
The high support, high expectation model.
Our approach focuses on students’ professional and personal development to help them achieve economic self-sufficiency.
For the first six months of the program, students develop technical and professional skills in the classroom. Students then apply those skills during the second six months on an internship at one of Year Up’s corporate partners. Students earn college credits and a weekly stipend, and are supported by staff advisors, professional mentors, dedicated social services staff, and a powerful network of community-based partners.
Technical skills classes at Year Up might include:
- Desktop and Network Support
- Help Desk
- Hardware Repair
- Operating Systems
- Disk Formatting, Partitioning and Ghosting
- Software Installation
- Viruses and Malware
- Microsoft Office and Outlook
- Networking and TCP/IP
- Investment Operations
- Customer Service
- Fund Accounting
Professional and communication skills classes at Year Up might include:
- Business Writing Skills
- Time Management
- Career Networking
- Communicating Clearly and Effectively
- Conflict Resolution and Negotiation
- Working in Teams
- Presentation Skills
- Workplace Norms
- Introduction to Business
- Personal Finance
- Workplace Legal Issues
- Work/Life Balance