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Year Up Careers

Boston, MA
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
Social Assistance
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
Year Up is an award-winning, national 501(c)3 organization that enables motivated young adults, ages 18-24, to move from minimum wage to meaningful careers in just one year, by providing the skills, experience, and support they need to reach their full potential. Through a ... Read more

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 ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Like many organizations, the coronavirus pandemic resulted in many immediate challenges for Year Up. After being entirely in-person, we transitioned our program to entirely online in one week. But through these challenges, we also saw long-term opportunities to innovate in ways that would ultimately enable us to expand our reach. A recent article in The New York Times takes a closer look at how Year Up and other job-training organizations have successfully transitioned to virtual and what the future holds.

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Year Up – Why Work With Us?


Our Vision

In the future, every 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 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.




Strategies to Increase Impact
  • Deliver demand-driven services to the market. Year Up serves our mission through the market. We work with employers to understand the needs of the labor market to provide our students with marketable skills.
  • Demonstrate sustainability through co-location. We have adapted our model to co-locate within community colleges, to support our students and engage community colleges in developing stronger pathways to employment.
  • Foster alumni advancement and leadership. By investing in continued support for alumni at all stages of their careers, we will ensure that they become a major force for shifting perceptions of Opportunity Youth.
  • Build a stronger talent marketplace. We recognize that Year Up will never scale to the size necessary to serve all young adults who need an opportunity. By sharing our knowledge with a wide range of partners and generating demand for Opportunity Youth talent pipelines, we support our mission of closing the Opportunity Divide.

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 19,500 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

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:

  • 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

  • Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Mission Driven Organization, Growing Rapidly"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Communications Instructor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Business Communications Instructor in San Francisco, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Year Up full-time (More than 3 years)


    Excellent benefits. Mission driven work, with proven results. Fun staff. Relatable CEO.


    The rapid growth can lead to quantity over quality.

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Year Up Photos

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Year Up Interviews



Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview




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    Business Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Year Up (Dallas, TX) in July 2019.


    Information Session to get to know about Year Life. The Interview they will ask why and who told you to join Year Up. They will ask your financial situational and if you will do your best because it is thought program that you need to be prepared to work for an entire year. The Mandatory meetings and Orientation you need to be prepared and study about the program and continue to take notes and write a small essay over the program.

    Interview Questions

    • Who can you go to for support emotionally and financially?   Answer Question
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Year Up Awards & Accolades

  • Top 50 Best Nonprofits to Work For, The NonProfit Times, 2018
  • Top 50 Best Nonprofits to Work For, The NonProfit Times, 2016
  • Top 50 Best Nonprofits to Work For, The NonProfit Times, 2015
  • Top 50 Best Nonprofits to Work For, The NonProfit Times, 2014
  • 50 Best Nonprofits to Work For, The NonProfit Times, 2013
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Pledges & Certifications

Fair Chance Pledge

Maintain hiring/training programs for those with criminal records as an opportunity for a second chance

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

Pledge to Thrive

Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being

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