In honor of Father’s Day this Sunday, President Obama visited Year-Up in order to promote the importance of guardians and mentors. Year Up is a non-profit program and A-List partner that trains 18-24 year olds from urban areas for college and professional work, and teaches personal skills like communication and conflict resolution.
President Obama toured the Washington D.C. Year Up site and spoke with students about the hardships facing young adults in this country today. Praising what works about the program, he expressed interest in learning more about the Year-Up model in order to help him ensure that all young people have a chance for successful careers. To read more about Obama’s visit to Year Up click Here.
The partnership between Year Up and A-List began in the spring of 2008 with a course intended to introduce young adults in the Year Up apprenticeship phase to the college application process. The course was expanded to include college advising workshops that begin during the learning and development phase and continuing through the apprenticeships. A-List’s college advisors have assisted Year Up students in selecting schools, completing applications, perfecting admissions essays, and securing scholarships and financial aid.
In the fall of 2008, Year Up NYC added another A-List course to its Professional Skills curriculum. In Business Math, students learn the fundamental math skills necessary for success in the professional world. The course was designed to meet the specific needs of Year Up students as they enter the workforce and focuses on the real-life applications of math concepts in personal and professional life.