SkillUp is a non-profit that connects workers with the right tools, resources and support, so they can make confident career shifts, find quality living-wage jobs, and position themselves for promising career growth. Their mission is to provide a guided and supported path to ensure every worker gains equity and dignity in the workforce through access to high-opportunity and quality employment. SkillUp has numerous testimonials speaking to the impact they’ve had on the lives of individuals across the country.
Level Up Dallas leverages SkillUp’s insights into career exploration for adults and deploys it for students grades 10-14 (ages 16-20). They’ll do that via a four-pronged strategy. First, they’ll inform students grades 10-14 about career opportunities specifically available to them. They put a kernel into the minds of young Americans of an alternate pathway that could change the trajectory of their futures. Second, they’ll help students grades 10-14 navigate the complexities of finding the right opportunity uniquely suited to them. Third, they’ll help connect students grades 10-14 to trusted, vetted skilling programs or jobs available to them. They connect students to internships, or to real jobs, paying living wages, with employers willing to help upskill them – and pay for the upskilling – into career-advancing jobs. And fourth, they’ll support students along their early career journey, offering coaching on specific issues pertinent to their career journey, or mentoring from staff at partner companies, or successful graduates.