Gloria Premis, Year Up Intern at Bank of America
Jaidy Barrio, Year Up Intern at Bank of America
Denis Nicolas, Enrollment Manager, Year Up South Florida
Juan Garcia, Director of Corporate Engagement, Year Up South Florida
Congratulatory Remarks and Box Opening Announcement
Lourdiana Joseph, Learning Coach, Year Up South Florida
Ada Reyes, Year Up Graduate Winter 2021
Lucia Angeles, Program Director, Year Up South Florida
Danta Thomas, Jr.
Jullie Da Costa Lima Xavier
Marie Laurence Merisier
Thank you for allowing us to be part of your Year Up journey. These last 7 months have been remarkable. I remember meeting you at Orientation and seeing so much talent, persistence, and grit. Some of you worked full time jobs, went to school, cared for your children and loved ones, lost loved ones all while continuing to meet Year Up deliverables. That talent, persistence, and grit shined through every step of the way and that is something we admire about this class.
Today, we are here as staff, family, community partners, and business partners to celebrate you and your success. Graduating Year Up is an important milestone as you enter your next chapter. We know that with your Year Up participation, internship experience, and educational background you have the necessary tools to continue to grow and be successful. Remember to continue to Lift as you Climb and that once Yea Up, Always Year Up!
Building on Year Up’s 20 years of experience preparing talent for the workforce, this program combines our demonstrated outcomes and best practices with new, flexible online learning opportunities.
Over the course of the program, students will receive hands-on training, real-world corporate access, a work immersion experience, and unparalleled support. At seven months long—five months shorter than Year Up’s traditional model—students will more quickly land a job at a leading company in search of top talent.
The first three months of technical and professional skills training will be part-time and primarily virtual, providing students with increased flexibility to complete their program work. Students will then have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a four-month full-time work experience at a top company.
I PLEDGE that as a member of the Year Up National Alumni Association, I will continue to uphold and promote Year Up’s mission and core values. I will strive for excellence and realize my potential. I will use my time and talents to contribute to the success of Year Up, its students, and its alumni. I will take action in the movement to close the Opportunity Divide. I take this oath freely, as a promise to lift while I climb, and to be a lifelong ambassador of Year Up.