By: James Noga

Tags: creating jobs , community partnerships

Year Up is a one-year, intensive training program that provides urban young adults with a unique combination of technical and professional skills, college credits, an educational stipend and a corporate internship.

Partners HealthCare has teamed with Year Up Boston since it opened its doors in 2001, and has hosted 142 interns throughout seven Information Systems (IS) locations, including Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and our administrative offices in Wellesley and Charlestown.

Year Up’s high-expectation, high-support program provides the technical and professional skills, higher education credentials and career opportunities that are essential to a young adult seeking a path to economic self-sufficiency.

This approach meshes tightly with our own mission of quality care and commitment to the community. We’re proud to partner with Year Up to offer invaluable internships and learning experiences to dedicated, hard-working young adults from the communities in which we serve.

Year Up, a national organization, provides high school graduates and GED recipients between the ages of 18 and 24 opportunities to which they would never otherwise have exposure. Locally, participants come from across the Greater Boston area, including Dorchester, East Boston, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, Cambridge, Revere, Chelsea, Everett, Quincy and Brockton.

“I’m proud to say we’ve had a role in providing several urban young adults with an opportunity to become part of the Partners HealthCare family,” said my colleague Carlo Severo, Corporate Manager in IS Support Services, who has mentored several interns. In fact, mentoring Year Up’s candidates is a team effort for our employees.

Dale Enos, Team Lead in IS Support Services, is another champion of the program. As he told me, “Together, through trial and error, we created an effective internship program that meets the interns at their level of experience and raises them up to higher levels in a supportive and challenging environment. Through my relationship with Year Up, I have been given the gift of planting a seed for the future.” Year Up recognized him as Manager of the Year in 2011.

This partnership is truly a win-win opportunity for our organization, the students who have participated in the internships and the 49 to date who have become full-time Partners employees.

That’s because Year Up is an organization after our own heart: They’re not only building the health care workforce of the future, but also recognizing the link between educational attainment and health status later in life.

At its foundation, Partners is committed to providing access to jobs with family-sustaining wages, excellent benefits and opportunities for advancement. We think Year Up’s workforce development programs give young people, and us, the chance to make tomorrow’s health care better.

Learn more about Year Up in the recent “60 Minutes” segment, and find out more about Partners’ commitment to creating jobs in our communities.