Year Up Students

Master in-demand skills

Sales & Customer Support, Information Technology, and Business Operations

Intern at companies such as

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Launch their career

Employed graduates earn an average starting wage equal to $30,000/yr

About Us

Our Community

Founded in 2000, Year Up has served more than 19,500 young adults across 21 cities, offering the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their full potential through professional careers and higher education. We do this in partnership with visionary colleges and corporate partners, creating a network that is invested in the long term success of our young adults.

How it Works 6 months Learning & Development | 6 months at internship

Students begin the program with 6 months of rigorous, hands-on learning, in partnership with Miami Dade College. The skills they gain reflect the technical and professional skill needs of our local corporate partners. Following Learning & Development, 100% of qualified students earn a 6 month internship to gain real world experience.

Ongoing Support

Alongside the resources offered by the college, Year Up supports students with staff advisors, mentors, tutors, and our Student Services team composed of trained social workers who are ready to step up to provide extra support as needed. What is most powerful, however, is the tight-knit community that our young adults build while at Year Up—they support, challenge, and hold each other accountable beyond their year up.

Key benefits

  • Educational stipend throughout the year-long program
  • College credits
  • Strong alumni network of Year Up graduates
  • Employment placement support

Who can apply?

  • 18-24 years old
  • High school graduate or GED recipient
  • Have not obtained a bachelor’s degree
  • Available Monday – Friday for the full year of the program
  • Eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Highly motivated to learn new technical and professional skills

How to get started?

Young adults can kick off the process by completing an interest form at

Student Spotlight

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David Frederick Year Up South Florida, Class 1 - Graduated July 2013

  • Interned at AT&T, Currently a Retail Sales Consultant at AT&T
  • Year Up South Florida’s National Alumni Association Site Representative
  • From a family of Haitian immigrants

Before Year Up, my family struggled to make ends meet. Despite setbacks, I remained positive, responsible, and ambitious. The hardest and best thing I learned from the program was that everything counts, from not completing an assignment, to being one minute late. Now, as a Retail Sales Consultant at AT&T, I’ve been recognized as one of the top 10% salespeople in my district and was selected for a leadership program. I’m more capable of helping my family and strive to someday be an Ambassador to Haiti. I see myself as an agent of change in the Year Up movement – one more layer to strengthen the bridge that will close the Opportunity Divide.

If you are a young adult, apply today!