Closing the Opportunity Gap for Young Adults

Despite talent and motivation, many young adults lack access to higher education and careers that provide them with a living wage. Swedish Medical Center is working to close this opportunity gap and improve the quality of life for low-income young adults in Seattle, Wash.

Job training for 10 students

Partnering with Year Up since 2013 – a free, year-long job skills training program – Swedish has provided 10 internships with the medical center’s information technology help desk. The six month internship prepares students to gain full time employment in the community. 

Year Up student, Kelien Taylor, said his internship at Swedish has been amazing experience: “From learning new things in the tech industry to helping solve problems, it has been a wonderful adventure. My coworkers have made me feel completely part of the family, always taking the time to help me or allowing me to shadow them while working. My supervisor provides great feedback throughout the process and helps me grow."

Building the foundation for a healthy future


In addition to job training, Swedish helps hundreds of students in need receive free health screenings, education, referrals and insurance enrollment information at Year Up’s student resource fairs.

“Many of the Year Up students are uninsured while participating in this year-long program,” said LaTanya Benton, a Swedish patient financial advocate. “I am able to invest the time to allow these young people a chance to understand how health insurance works for the first time.”

Dedicated to the health of communities it serves, Swedish supports Year Up with an annual community benefit investment totaling $51,000. 

Visit Year Up's Facebook page to learn more about the work they are doing.