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Year Up’s mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.
We achieve this mission through a high support, high expectation model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, internships and college credits. Our holistic approach focuses on students’ professional and personal development to place these young adults on a viable path to economic self-sufficiency.
Our program combines hands-on skill development, college credits, and corporate internships to prepare students for success in professional careers and higher education. It’s free of charge (in fact, you receive a stipend), but it requires strong motivation and a lot of hard work.
18-24 years old
High school graduate or GED recipient
Of low to moderate income
A U.S. Citizen, permanent resident, or have an employment authorization card
Available 5 days a week (Monday-Friday) for the full year of the program
Highly motivated to learn new technical and professional skills
The results have been impressive: according to internal statistics, 84% of alumni are employed or attending school full-time within four months of graduating, earning an average wage of $15/hour ($30,000/year for full-time employees). 100% of qualified students are placed into internships, and 95% of interns meet or exceed partner expectations. A 2011 study by the Economic Mobility Corporation found that graduates of the Year Up program earned, on average, 30% more than a control group. Mark Elliot, President of the Economic Mobility Corporation, remarked that “These are the most exciting evaluation results we’ve seen in youth employment in 20 or 30 years — and the first to show a really substantial earnings gain.”