Stephanie Barragan

Year UP! Empowering Young Talent Deadline Approaching FAST!

Dear Community Partner and Year Up Alum,  

I hope that this message finds you well! I just wanted to send out a friendly reminder that the final deadline for Year Up’s MARCH class is Tuesday, January 17th, which is next week. If you know anyone who was planning to apply to the program, please remind them to get their applications in on Tuesday (our office will be closed on Monday for MLK day). Applications can be dropped off, or faxed to (312) 726-5320. Applications may also be mailed but must be received on or by January 17th. On Tuesday, we will also have our last information session. Anyone who is applying to the program and has not yet attended an Open House/Info session should attend the information session on Tuesday, January 17th at 3PM at 203 N. Lasalle St, Suite M18. An application and flyer are attached. Information about Year Up is below. Please spread the word.


Year Up is an intensive, one year program focused on preparing disconnected young adults (ages18-24 with a high school diploma or GED) for corporate careers in Information Technology. The first 6 months of the program are focused on coursework in the areas of information technology, business communications, and professional skills. After successful completion of the coursework, the students are then placed on a six month internship with a corporate company. Some of our corporate partners include JP Morgan Chase, Google, and Bank of America. Additionally, through our program our students have the ability to earn up to 18 college credits from Harold Washington College for free, as well as an educational stipend totaling approximately $600 per month while they are taking classes and $900 per month while they are in their internship. Year Up has achieved wonderful outcomes including 100% placement of qualified students in internships, 84% employed or in school full time within 4 months of completing our program, and graduates of our program have an average starting salary of approximately $30,000 annually.


A strong Year Up applicant will:

- Be motivated and have a positive attitude

- Have an interest in technology

- Be able to handle a college level class  (community college english 100 or 101)

- Be able to commute downtown every day and commit to the entire year of the program

- Be able to meet high expectations regarding punctuality, attendance, completing assignments



Phoebe C. Williams, LCSW

Outreach, Admissions, and Student Services Director


Year Up - Chicago

203 N. Lasalle St.

Suite M 18

Chicago, IL 60601


office: (312) 726-5300 xt 4504

mobile: (312) 833-8617