It Takes One Year To Change- YearUp Wilmington’s Success

125. That is the number of students enrolled at YearUp Wilmington currently, which is hosted by WLA member, Wilmington University. Providing year-long programs focusing on IT and business, Year Up changes the lives of students through six months of courses and an additional six months of a paid internship.



The program is free for students thanks to local sponsors. During the program’s 18 years of existence, they have helped more than 20,000 students nationwide. In 2018, 4,000 interns took part in the program around the country, 480 in the region. Out of those students who complete the program, more than 80 percent are successfully placed in jobs with an average salary of $38,000.


According to their website, there are millions of young adults across the country who are facing social and economic injustice, and despite having the talent and motivation, they just lack access. At the same time, the economy needs help.  There are businesses all across the country who are calling for more and better-trained talent to be able to compete on a global stage, but there aren’t enough skilled workers. Through YearUp’s programs, young adults are given the skills needed to fill these jobs.


“It’s not easy. This isn’t a handout, it’s a hand up. We don’t do the work for the students,” Hassan Charles, the executive director of YearUp for the greater Philadelphia area said. “The professional skills training that our students receive is pretty much the ‘secret sauce’ of what we do … So it’s every bit as important that they learn how to take and give feedback, as it is how to write a business memorandum.”


“It sounds way too good to be true,” said Zach Rivera, a current Year Up student from Newark, Delaware. “It’s free, you get paid off of it … nobody would believe that that’s possible.”

Summarized from the article Year Up job-training program helps students find success on WHYY.

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