Year Up Arizona

Year Up Arizona Receives $50,000 Grant from Thunderbirds Charities

Year Up enables motivated young adults ages 18-24 to move from minimum wage to meaningful careers in just one year by providing the skills, experience, and support they need to reach their full potential. Through a one-year, intensive program, Year Up utilizes a high-expectations, high-support model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, coursework eligible for college credit, and corporate internships at more than 250 top companies. Its holistic approach focuses on students’ professional and personal development to enable young adults with a viable path to economic self-sufficiency and meaningful careers.

Continuing to expand its reach and provide even more young adults with access to economic opportunity, the nonprofit workforce development program Year Up Arizona announced today that it has received a $50,000 grant from Thunderbirds Charities. The funding will enable Year Up Arizona’s Central City Campus at GateWay Community College to grow to serve more than 240 students in 2020, allowing Year Up Arizona to serve more than 320 young adults across both of its locations.

“With the support of Thunderbirds Charities, Year up Arizona will be able to amplify its impact and provide more motivated, talented young adults with the skills and support they need to move from minimum wage jobs to meaningful careers in just one year,” said Kim Owens, Executive Director of Year Up Arizona. “We’ll be able to reach our region’s most vulnerable young people and greatly improve their economic and education outcomes, while also providing local companies with more much-needed entry level talent.”

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This grant is part of the Fall 2019 cycle. View a list of all Recent Grantees.