CITFF contributes $25,000 to Year Up Chicago

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CITFF contributes $25,000 to Year Up Chicago

May 21, 2013

The Creating IT Futures Foundation has contributed $25,000 to Year Up Chicago to help support volunteer engagement in the community.

Year Up is using the contribution to support a local non-profit who could benefit from the work of a Year Up intern with strong technology and communication skills but not be able to afford one, said Alan Anderson, executive director at Year Up Chicago.

“In particular, we sought a non-profit organization whose work affects the populations and communities that participate in Year Up,” he said.

Year Up selected the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago because the programs and classes they deliver are critically important to the city’s residents, including many Year Up students, Anderson said.

“In addition their focus on training and mobilizing volunteers is in line with Year Up’s belief that affecting meaningful change requires the engagement of the community at large – not just specialists,” he added.

Tracey Marchman is the Year Up intern who has been working at the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago, thanks to the CITFF contribution. While there, she has worked on Red Cross community events.

“While at the Red Cross, I’ve learned communication skills – not being afraid to have a conversation,” she said. “I want to be a nurse, so this experience has helped me make up my mind about where I see myself in a couple of years.”

CITFF has supported Year Up Chicago since before the chapter opened its doors in 2010, he said. Indeed, a $200,000 grant from CITFF that year was instrumental in helping Year Up purchase capital equipment and open computer-training labs for students.

"Without CITFF’s support, we would not be here."Alan Anderson, Year Up Chicago Executive Director
“Without CITFF’s support, we would not be here,” Anderson said. “And the 300-plus students who have participated in Year Up since 2010 would not have access to training that will pave the way to rewarding professional career opportunities.”

Year Up is a non-profit organization that seeks to bridge the opportunity divide that exists for 6.7 million young adults who lack access to educational and professional opportunities that connect them to the economic mainstream. Meanwhile, within the next decade, American companies will face a shortage of more than 14 million qualified workers.

Year Up’s mission is to close this gap by providing low-income young adults with the skills, experience and support that empowers them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. To learn more, visit


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