WASHINGTON — Taj Jackson dreamed of college after graduating from a Maryland high school in 2014, but didn’t think his family—headed by a single mother who worked multiple jobs—could afford it.
Then they both learned about a national nonprofit called `Year Up.’ It provides young adults in urban communities with skills training, work experience, educational opportunities and mentoring, aimed at helping them achieve professional careers within a year.
“We learned soft skills like email etiquette and mock job interviews,” said Jackson, who credited `Year Up’ with easing his shyness and instilling confidence. “I’ve developed leadership skills.”
Jackson completed the program in 2015 and is now gainfully employed in the IT industry. He’s enrolled in community college and expects to earn his Associate’s degree in Information Systems this December. He’s already planning to pursue a Bachelor’s degree at a state university.
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