Year Up

Year Up is a one-year, intensive training program that provides talented and motivated, yet under-served young adults, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skills development, coursework eligible for college credit, corporate internships, and wraparound support.

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.

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 take coursework eligible for college credit, earn an educational stipend, and are supported by staff advisors, professional mentors, dedicated social services staff, and a powerful network of community-based partners.

Services They Provide:

Educational Resources

  • High School Diploma/GED

  • College Preparation

Employment Assistance

  • Job Training Services


Year Up’s program combines hands-on skills development, courses eligible for college credit, and corporate internships to prepare students for success in professional careers and higher education.

Develop Skills You Need for the Job You Want

We align our training with corporate partner needs and market trends to ensure that the skills you learn will be in-demand. Learn valuable technical and professional skills, and gain work experience during internships at top companies.

Earn While You Learn

Earn a stipend throughout the program (both while you train and during your internship) and complete courses eligible for college credit.

Get Ongoing Support and Guidance

Our staff (including program managers, coaches, and student services teams) and our strong alumni network support you in reaching your maximum potential, both as a student and as a working professional.

Meet Your Mentor

You’ll be paired with an experienced professional. They’re there to give you one-on-one attention and guidance as you make decisions about your future. Ask questions, share ideas, and get expert advice about your career path.

You Can Apply to be a Year Up Student If you Are:

  • 18-24 years old, high school graduate or GED recipient, of low to moderate income, a U.S. Citizen, permanent resident, or have an employment authorization card.

  • Available 5 days a week (Monday-Friday) for the full year of the program.

  • Highly motivated to learn new technical and professional skills.

  • Have not obtained a bachelor’s degree.

Do you have DACA Status?

Year Up strongly supports DACA and welcomes young adults with DACA status


Gaspar Mata
Phone: 480-498-7396 x 2154
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