Year Up, a nonprofit that provides urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support they need to reach their potential, has announced a $1 million investment from telecommunications giant AT&T to expand its corporate training program.
Founded in Boston in 2000, Year Up collaborates with Fortune 500 firms to provide low-income young adults with six months of technical and professional skills training, followed by a six-month corporate internship. Awarded through the AT&T Aspire program, the grant will enable the organization, which currently operates in sixteen cities, to expand to Dallas, where it will open a site at El Centro College in the Dallas Community College District.
"Thanks to the generous support from AT&T, commitments from top businesses, and the leadership of El Centro College, Year Up Dallas will begin serving young adults in August 2016," said Year Up founder and CEO Gerald Chertavian. "Not only will they gain the technical and professional skills to enter an exciting career, they'll also receive college credits and be on track to complete an associate’s degree from El Centro."