Year Up Bay Area (YUBA) is a one-year intensive education and internship program for low-income young adults, ages 18 to 24 in Information Technology and Quality Assurance (QA). Our program is designed to reach young people who face barriers to success but who also exhibit signs that, with the right combination of support, training, education and guidance, they can achieve success both academically as well as in future careers. We believe a student’s zip code, school district, or bank account should not be roadblocks to success – yet for our students they are. Our unique model combines marketable job skills, stipends, internships, college credits, and additional support placing young adults on a path to economic self-sufficiency. During the first five months of the program, students attend classes, learning the technical skills necessary to succeed in entry-level IT and QA positions. After completing classroom-based training, students earn a six-month internship with one of our corporate partners, enabling them to gain valuable hands-on work experience and build their professional networks.
Since opening our doors in 2008, YUBA has helped more than 600 young adults cross the Opportunity Divide in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley. 88% of our graduates are employed (earning competitive wages) or are attending college within four months of completing the program.