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There are 6.7 million young adults out of work, out of school, and without access to the economic mainstream. At the same time, 14 million jobs requiring post-secondary education will go unfilled in the next decade because employers can’t find the talent they need.

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.

Our Program
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Year Up is a one-year, intensive training program for low-income young adults, ages 18-24.

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.

Our Results
  • 84% of our graduates are employed or in college full-time within four months of graduation.
  • Those employed earn an average of $15/hour, or $30,000 annually.
  • Over 90% of corporate partners would recommend the Year Up program to a colleague or friend.
  • 100% of qualified students are placed into internships.

Year Up currently operates in ten cities across the country, and we’re expanding to new ones every year.

  • Atlanta
  • Baltimore
  • Bay Area (San Francisco and Silicon Valley)
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Miami
  • National Capital Region (Washington, DC)
  • New York
  • Philadelphia
  • Providence
  • Puget Sound
See information specific to your location on our non-mobile website