February 24, 2011 (Atlanta, GA) – Joining several of its clients and partners in the Atlanta marketplace, MDI Group announced today its support of Year Up, an intensive one-year program providing high school graduates and GED recipients between the ages of 18 and 24 with a unique combination of hands-on skill development and corporate internship opportunities. As part of MDI’s support, the company is pleased to welcome Candace Minnis, a 2011 Year Up intern, who will work in MDI Group’s Atlanta office, partnering with employees in different parts of the business to gain hands-on experience in the business world.
Says Larry Sheftel, Director of Human Resources for MDI Group, “MDI has always had a very hands-on commitment to improving the communities our offices are in, and I can’t think of a better way to do that than to be a part of helping high-talent youths on a day-to-basis in our work environment. We are thrilled to have Candace with us, and to help foster Year Up’s goal of closing the opportunity divide — we hope the experience and support she gains while at MDI will better prepare her for future positions in the business world, and we very much look forward to being a part of that process in whatever ways we can.”
Year Up recognizes that more than 70 percent of low-income, young adults leave high school without a path toward either a post-secondary degree or a livable-wage job, all but guaranteeing they will struggle to earn a family-supporting income in today’s economy. Without the proper guidance and opportunities, these young adults will continue to face enormous challenges in transitioning from high school to livable wage careers and higher education.
The Year Up program is designed to meet these challenges head on, with a high-expectation, high-support program that combines marketable job skills, stipends, paid internships and college credits. The program addresses students’ social and emotional development and provides appropriate support to place these young adults on a viable path to economic self-sufficiency. During the first six months, students attend classes at Year Up, learning technical and professional skills that prepare them for success in a corporate environment. During the second six months, Year Up students gain experience in internships at leading companies such as The Coca Cola Company, SunTrust, Genuine Auto Parts, Turner Broadcasting, McKesson and the Southern Company.
After graduation, students continue to receive support and build their professional networks through Year Up’s Alumni Association, which currently numbers over 1,000. Over the next few years, Year Up will create a network of sites with an explicit goal of serving more than 10,000 urban young adults by 2016. Ultimately, Year Up’s goal is to create and implement a scalable model that will enable it to effectively serve tens of thousands of urban young adults across the country.
About MDI Group
MDI Group is a premier IT Workforce Solutions provider with more than 20 years expertise in finding ‘best-fit’ IT talent for mid-sized to Fortune 500 clients nationwide. Offering IT Staffing Solutions and Contingent Workforce Management, MDI Group has recorded profitable growth every year since it was established in 1988. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, MDI Group has also been named one of Atlanta’s 40 best places to work. To learn more about MDI Group, please visit www.mdigroup.com.