Mission: Our 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.
In the future, every urban young adult will have access to the education, experiences, and guidance required to realize his or her true potential.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
Professional and communication skills classes at Year Up might include:
Company has great organizational values, mission, structure and is always seeking to grow. It is an incredible place to work.
Can have burnout if not careful
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Year Up.
They asked me your general can you work in a team, best experience in life, worst experience. It is very simple and laid back nothing to get worked up about. Just be yourself and you will be accepted in no time. They don't want an extreme professional or a complete dunce.