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Year Up, Inc.
Year Up, a national nonprofit organization operating at 18 sites, endeavors to close the Opportunity Divide, the vast gap that exists between Opportunity Youth, who lack access to opportunity, and Fortune 1000 companies, who lack access to a pipeline of diverse, skilled talent. Year Up has over fifteen years of experience equipping low-income young adults with skills and experience that will allow them to compete for, and obtain, professional jobs with career pathways. Through our direct service program, we are seeking to prove, along with leading employers on a national scale, that Opportunity Youth are a viable talent source for entry-level and middle-skilled jobs.
Impact and Outcomes
90% of corporate partners consistently report satisfaction with the program and students.
85% of graduates are employed or enrolled in post-secondary education within four months of program completion.
Employed alumni make an average of $18/hour, or approximately $36,000 annually.
A randomized controlled trial by Economic Mobility Corporation proved that Year Up graduates earned an average of 30% more than a control group in the year following the program.
Year Up is currently participating in a federally funded randomized control trial, Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education, to measure the long-term impact of our program.
An MIT study estimated that the Year Up program boosts a graduate’s lifetime income by $423,000, resulting in an additional $134,000 in tax revenues.
What Major Funders Say
Donors receive a 1:1 match for up to $2,250,000 when contributing to Year Up.