I'd like to give a basic breakdown of how the program works.
Students have to pass a rigorous admissions process to be admitted. This process is not to observe intelligence or existing skills, but to test the
student's commitment to succeeding in the program, and life.
Once in, the student has class every day from 8am to 3:30pm for six months, earning a stipend of 400+ dollars per week. Classes include technical
training, computer skills, professional skills and business etiquette. Much the way any school operates, these classes have homework, presentations,
and class assignments. If a student fails to hand in an assignment, comes late to class, or in any other way does not live up to expectations, they
lose points. These points translate to dollars at the end of the week. This is the incentive to stay on track.
After the initial six months of training, the students pass on to internships provided by local businesses, and companies. Current partners include
Fidelity investments, CVS, GTech, Citizens bank, and many others. the progression to the internship also leads to a pay increase. Again, incentive
for the student to join, and maintain while in the program.
Bonuses are issued for exemplary work, as well as a prize at the end of the program for students 2 who have shown true excellence and leadership
Please, if you live in the NY, Boston MA, Providence RI, or Washington DC area, check out yearup.org...
and try to get someone who you think could
I'm currently mentoring a student in the Providence class, and have seen him go from fairly undisciplined to a respectable young man in a matter of
months. He's actually got a good chance of being hired from his internship, and having a career, rather than just bagging groceries at Stop&Shop, or
Check it out