Mission: Year Up's mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Year Up achieves this mission through a ...
In the future, every 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 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.
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 19,500 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
85% of graduates are employed or attending college full-time within four months of completing the program.
Employed Year Up graduates earn an average of $19 per hour – the equivalent of $38,000 per year.
Technical skills classes at Year Up might include:
Professional and communication skills classes at Year Up might include:
I have been working at Year Up full-time (More than a year)
My colleagues at Year Up are some of the most passionate and skilled people I've had the privilege of knowing. The benefits and pay are competitive for the nonprofit market, and have experienced a true feedback culture here. I like that in my role, I'm encouraged to be innovative and try new things to ensure the students receive the best possible chance at success. I can bring myself to work authentically.
Management styles vary widely, I'm very fortunate to have an exceptional manager but know that is not the case for everyone.
Advice to Management
Find ways to integrate social work principles/ practice at the Executive/ Senior Leadership level to make certain that student success comes first.
I applied online. I interviewed at Year Up (San Francisco, CA).
About 2 weeks after initial application, HR representative scheduled a 30min phone interview, where she described the role and organization briefly. She then asked me some basic questions about my past roles and experience, and why I wanted to work with Year Up. It was a wonderful conversation, and at the end she did ask about desired salary range.
Next, was invited to do an in-person interview with Sr. Director of Program. Was a great conversation, and she asked many scenario questions: "If you see that a particular group of students are firing themselves from program, what kinds of interventions might you put into place?". A few days later, I was invited for a final interview with the Associate Director of Program, and Associate Director of Student Services. They asked many scenario questions as well, and throughout the whole process were open to me asking questions.
That interview happened on a Friday, and about a week later received the offer.
Fair Chance Pledge
Maintain hiring/training programs for those with criminal records as an opportunity for a second chance
Social Responsibility Pledge
Formal programs or foundation to give back to communities
Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce
Pledge to Thrive
Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being