Give Back, Get Back

Two national nonprofits train urban students for IT careers, with help from CIOs

CIOs who want to give back to their communities while diversifying their staffs can volunteer to teach or mentor students through these nonprofits, which train urban young people for careers in IT. Companies can also donate funds or equipment, as well as sponsor events or internships.

Year Up

Founded in 2000, Year Up's annual operating budget of $30 million goes to offering technical and professional training, college credits, educational stipends and corporate internships. More than 1,000 students are expected to participate in the group's programs this year.

Where: Atlanta; Boston; New York; Providence, R.I.; San Francisco; and Washington, D.C.Website: The 12-month program provides six months of education and a six-month internship.When: Two sessions per year, starting in September and MarchClass size: 30 to 35 studentsSuccess rate: 83 percent of students complete the program; 87 percent of graduates are placed in full- or part-time jobs within four months.Corporate partners: More than 90 companies, including Bank of America, CVS, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Microsoft, Partners HealthCare and State Street Corp.


Formed in 1999 to provide low-cost IT services to other nonprofits, the group operates in 12 cities and provides training programs in six of them. NPower's CIO Council helps guide the curriculum and provides feedback about corporate technology. Among NPower's training programs are:

Technology Service Corps

Where: New YorkWebsite: technology-service-corpsWhat: An 18-week training program, which includes an opportunity for students to earn a Microsoft professional certificationWhen: Three sessions per yearClass size: About 40Success rate: In 2008, 75 percent of students completed the program. Graduates earn an average $27,595 in their first jobs. Companies that have hired Technology Service Corps graduates include Abyssinian Development Corp., Cornell University and New York University Medical Center.Corporate partners: Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase and others


Where: PhiladelphiaWebsite: www.npowerpa.orgWhat: A 16-week training and internship programWhen: The first ITWorks class graduated in January. A spring semester is planned.Class size: About 15Success rate: 12 of the first 15 students finished the program and are now looking for full-time jobs. Corporate partners: ING Direct, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Reed Elsevier and others

This story, "Give Back, Get Back" was originally published by CIO.

ITWorld DealPost: The best in tech deals and discounts.
Shop Tech Products at Amazon