Year Up Chicago’s mission is to close the opportunity gap by providing professional development training and internships for underserved youth. After receiving the Neighborhood Builders award in 2015, Year Up was able to grow its own professional network, expand its knowledge base and sustain critical services in the Chicago community. In this conversation, Bank of America’s Alicia Burke, Year Up Executive Director Jack Crowe and Year Up alumnus Edgar Rosales discuss how mentoring an untapped workforce is giving young adults the power to reach their professional potential.
The Neighborhood Builders podcast — 15 years and counting
Urban Alliance, a 2013 Neighborhood Builders award recipient, provides internships and professional opportunities to economically disadvantaged high schoolers in five cities throughout the U.S. In this conversation, the bank’s Alicia Burke, Urban Alliance CEO Eshauna Smith, and Urban Alliance alum James West discuss how paid internships, formal training and mentoring give under-resourced youth the power to aspire, and to work toward and reach their professional goals. Eshauna also reflects on how the Neighborhood Builders program provided a community of other nonprofit leaders as she made the transition to CEO of the organization.