Year Up Program Guides Young Adults Toward Careers

A celebration 5 p.m. Monday featuring, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Year Up leaders, will officially celebrate the DFW launch of the national nonprofit.

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A new program at El Centro College in downtown Dallas aims to bridge the gap from high school to finding a career.

A celebration 5 p.m. Monday featuring, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Year Up leaders, will officially celebrate the Dallas-Fort Worth launch of the national nonprofit. 

The Year Up program focuses on adults ages 18 to 24 who need mentoring, coaching, and internships as they pursue their degree.

Since it began at El Centro last fall, 78 students have gone through Year Up’s DFW program. In 2018, more than 200 students will be served, according to a release. 

“As we see corporate growth in North Texas, programs like Year Up are necessary to helping harness the local talent in this region.”
Mayor Mike Rawlings

“As we see corporate growth in North Texas, programs like Year Up are necessary to helping harness the local talent in this region,” Rawlings said in a release. 

Nationally, Year Up has an 85 percent success rate. That means after completing the one-year program, participants are enrolled full time in college or have a job earning $36,000 a year.

The local program has received more than $4 million in support, including sizable donations from the WW Caruth Jr. Foundation ($1.5 million), AT&T ($1 million), and Lyn and John Muse ($1 million).

The goal is to serve 1,000 young adults in North Texas.


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