Bilzin Sumberg Partners with Year Up South Florida to Mentor Students Starting Their Careers
April 26, 2019
Miami, FL -- Bilzin Sumberg is proud to partner with Year Up South Florida, a non-profit workforce development program for motivated and talented young adults, to welcome interns as part of the Firm's commitment to the South Florida community.
Through this new partnership launched in January, Bilzin Sumberg and Year Up will work closely to identify opportunities to provide interns with an enriching work experience that helps them reach their full potential. In addition to full-time, paid internships where participants earn a weekly stipend and college credits, Bilzin Sumberg supported Year Up with an in-kind donation of desktop computers, creating additional opportunities for select students.
"It is a pleasure to partner with Year Up in this initiative," said Albert E. Dotson, Jr., Managing Partner for Bilzin Sumberg. "Our community's continued prosperity is not only reliant on the business and civic leaders of today, but is also hinged upon the ability to cultivate those who will lead in the future. Bilzin Sumberg is committed to direct efforts to help sustain our community as a whole by developing our human capital."
Community giving is nothing new for Bilzin Sumberg. Since its inception, firm leaders have been active participants in the South Florida philanthropic community. In 2007, the firm created Bilzin Sumberg Cares, an outreach program that provides the Bilzin Sumberg team with volunteer opportunities to work together to benefit various charitable organizations. Bilzin Sumberg Cares has partnered with numerous nonprofit organizations including the United Way of Miami-Dade, Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, Voices for Children Foundation, and Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America.
For Year Up, partnering with a top local company like Bilzin Sumberg, provides another avenue to offer free job training to talented and motivated youth, ages 18-24, who have yet to complete their college degrees.
"As Year Up South Florida continues to grow and serve more young adults in our community, we are so excited to join forces with one of the most important law firms in the area," said Leopoldo "Polo" Coronado, Year Up South Florida Executive Director. "It's great to have a partner like Bilzin Sumberg that values extraordinary talent and is dedicated to mentoring future leaders. They are helping us provide meaningful, on-the-job experiences to talented youth. We share a commitment to making a difference in Miami by lifting others as we climb."
Since 2012 and in partnership with Miami Dade College, Year Up South Florida has helped more than 630 young adults to start their careers, creating a pipeline of diverse, motivated talent for more than 15 corporate partners in the region. Year Up South Florida currently serves approximately 160 young adults each year, with 97 percent of graduates employed or attending college full-time within four months of completing the one-year program.
About Year Up
Year Up is an award-winning, national 501(c)3 organization that enables motivated young adults, ages 18-24, to move from minimum wage to meaningful careers in just one year, by providing the skills, experience, and support they need to reach their full potential. Through a one-year, intensive program, Year Up utilizes a high-expectations, high-support model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, coursework eligible for college credit, and corporate internships at more than 250 top companies. Its holistic approach focuses on students' professional and personal development to enable young adults with a viable path to economic self-sufficiency and meaningful careers. Year Up has served more than 24,000 young adults since its founding in 2000, and will serve more than 4,700 young adults in 2019 across 25 U.S. cities including Arizona, Baltimore, Bay Area, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Greater Atlanta, Greater Boston, Greater Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, the National Capital Region, New York City, Puget Sound, Rhode Island, South Florida, Tampa Bay, and Wilmington. Year Up has been voted one of the "Best Non-Profits to Work For" by The NonProfit Times for eight consecutive years, and rated a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator for twelve consecutive years, placing them in the top 1% of tracked organizations. To learn more, visit www.yearup.org, and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.
About Bilzin Sumberg
Bilzin Sumberg works with clients whose business and legal opportunities and challenges span the United States and cross borders to Europe, Latin America, Canada, the Middle East, and Asia. The Firm's growth has paralleled that of its Miami home base, a region known for its rich cultural, social, and professional diversity. Bilzin Sumberg lawyers concentrate on services at the heart of both regional and international commerce, including real estate, land development and government relations, environmental, corporate law, joint ventures, domestic and international tax and estate planning, business litigation, finance, and public/private partnerships. For more information, please visit bilzin.com.
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