Year Up

Year Up – Why Work For Us?


Our Vision

In the future, every urban young adult will have access to the education, experiences, and guidance required to realize his or her true potential.

Our Mission

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.


undefinedBelieve in your work, and be proud of it.

Working at Year Up offers life-changing, fulfilling experiences. We know that our greatest assets are our people, and we foster a culture of empowerment and positive change.

A belief in the possibility of change

We believe in the power of people to create change, at an individual as well as a systems level.

A shared passion for our mission

We are unified in our passion to close the Opportunity Divide in this country.

A commitment to diversity and cultural competency

Year Up operates with the belief that diverse and culturally aware groups increase value in educational and work settings by generating creative, effective, and inclusive thinking and action.

A mindset of continuous learning

We are always looking to improve in the work we do every day. We are intentional in our innovation and deliberate about learning more.

A commitment to excellence

We have high expectations for ourselves and our students. We are not afraid of hard work and recognize the importance of building and executing effective strategies for success.



undefinedThree Strategies to Achieve Impact

undefined1. Grow and Strengthen the Core:

We will scale our direct service program to serve 2,500 students annually by 2016. During this time period, Year Up will both open three new sites and invest substantial resources toward growth in existing cities, allowing us to improve the core program model as well as expand it.

undefined2. Develop the Million-Person Model:

We will design and pilot alternative program models that can grow rapidly to serve many more young adults across the United States. These models will build on the successful practices of our core model, with a focus on innovations that allow for greater scale. We anticipate partnering closely with community colleges in this process to increase graduation rates and successful transitions into the labor market.

undefined3. Create Systems Change:

We will broaden access to career and postsecondary opportunities by influencing the systems that perpetuate the Opportunity Divide. We will pursue this strategy at both the national level and in the various metropolitan areas where our sites operate. Our growing corps of alumni will be critical allies as we pursue this strategy.

undefinedSee how the high expectation, high support model at Year Up works.

Year Up is a one-year, intensive training program that provides low-income young adults, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skill development, college credits, and corporate internships.

Challenging students to reach their potential.

Our program emphasizes academic and professional rigor, setting expectations high for quality of work and professional behavior. A strong structure guides students through the steps necessary for achieving success in the classroom and the workplace.



For the first six months of the program, students develop technical and professional skills in the classroom. Students then apply those skills during the second six months on an internship at one of Year Up's 250+ corporate and government partners. Students earn up to 23 college credits and a weekly stipend, and are supported by staff advisors, professional mentors, dedicated social services staff, and a powerful network of community-based partners.

Since its founding in 2000, Year Up has served over 6,000 young adults

Our results

100% placement of qualified Year Up students into internships

Over 90% of corporate partners would recommend the Year Up program to a friend or colleague

84% of graduates are employed or attending college full-time within four months of completing the program.

Employed Year Up graduates earn an average of $15 per hour – the equivalent of $30,000 per year.

Technical skills classes at Year Up might include:

  • Desktop and Network Support
  • Help Desk
  • Hardware Repair
  • Operating Systems
  • Disk Formatting, Partitioning and Ghosting
  • Peripherals
  • Software Installation
  • Viruses and Malware
  • Microsoft Office and Outlook
  • Networking and TCP/IP
  • Investment Operations
  • Customer Service
  • Fund Accounting

Professional and communication skills classes at Year Up might include:

  • Business Writing Skills
  • Time Management
  • Career Networking
  • Communicating Clearly and Effectively
  • Conflict Resolution and Negotiation
  • Working in Teams
  • Presentation Skills
  • Workplace Norms
  • Introduction to Business
  • Personal Finance
  • Workplace Legal Issues
  • Work/Life Balance

Year Up Reviews

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Year Up Founder and CEO Gerald Chertavian
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Year Up


    You work with a very supportive staff and you are expected to support the students which make up Year Up's continuing mission to bridge the opportunity divide in the United States.


    This company is growing really really fast. If you are looking for stability and structure you should remember that this company is still very young and it takes a bit of time to work out the kinks.

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    Increase funding for education and self-development.

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Year Up Interviews

Updated Dec 13, 2014
Updated Dec 13, 2014

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    I applied through other source. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Year Up.

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    The whole process took more than 3 months to complete, and included 1 telephone interview and 3 in-person interviews. Every single interview was blundered in some way-- either they gave me the wrong address or the person who was to interview me wasn't expecting me. I felt that-- as a currently employed person-- my time was not being respected. All of the interviewers were very kind, but also very frank about the heavy workloads and lack of work-life balance at the organization.

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50 Best Nonprofits to Work For, The NonProfit Times, 2013

Additional Info

Headquarters Boston, MA
Size 150 to 499 Employees
Founded 2001
Type Company - Private
Industry Non-Profit
Revenue $10 to $25 million (USD) per year

Year Up is an award-winning national 501(c)3 organization striving 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. Through a one-year intensive training program, Year Up provides urban young adults ages 18-24 with a unique... More

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