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Causes: Education, Job Training, Two-Year Colleges

Mission: Our mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by ensuring that young adults gain the skills, experiences, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through careers and higher education.

Results: From an initial cohort of 22 students in Boston, the Year Up program has grown to serve more than 4,000 students per year in metropolitan areas across the country—including Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Phoenix, New York City, San Francisco, and more. In 2019, 89% of our graduates were employed and/or enrolled in school within four months of Year Up program completion. Employed graduates earned an average starting wage of $21.43/hour, equivalent to more than $42,000/year. Year Up’s long-term impact was also validated in 2018 by a federal randomized controlled trial (RCT) –the “gold standard” of evaluation – called PACE: Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education. PACE demonstrated a 53% wage gain for Year Up participants compared to a control group—a trend that continued (40% higher wages) at two years post-program. Our graduates are climbing the professional ladder, earning salaries that offer financial security, and making an impact in the communities where they live and work. Their outcomes underscore that they have immense talent, and when they build and hone market-validated skills and experiences through our program, they thrive. By championing their immediate and ongoing success, we are ensuring the growth of a prosperous and inclusive economy wherein everyone is granted their chance to pursue their dreams

Target demographics: close the Opportunity Divide and promote the growth of an inclusive talent marketplace and prosperous economy for all.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Nearly 4,200 young adults seeking economic opportunity and 250+ corporate partners seeking talent.

Geographic areas served: partnership with employers, academic institutions, and community-based organizations across the country

Programs: our one-year, evidence-based workforce development program, where students engage in classroom and experiential, work-based learning that is designed to empower them with the skills required for the 21st century workplace. As a result, alumni are poised to secure meaningful careers with family sustaining wages immediately upon graduation. We also work directly with employers to serve as an advisor on adopting equitable talent management practices. Through this work, we ensure equitable access to economic opportunity, bring talented young adults and industry-leading companies together, and provide a strategic source of talent to America’s largest and best-known employers.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 5

Year Up changed my life. Please my documentary and you will understand what it did for me. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSleddhm6Bo&feature=channel_video_title

Client Served

Rating: 1

Over the last 3 years, this organization lacks accountability ethics that they have claim to be one of the major work values they uphold. They enroll young people into the program under false hopes and expectations, create devastatingly negative impacts on young people's lives in the area of finance and do not hold the middle management leadership accountable for their actions where the decisions made has created negative, toxic work environments for their staff and untrustworthy, unauthentic, fake working relationships with the students. I will no longer trust, or refer anyone (friends, donors, volunteers, businesses) to Year Up with all of their false statements for what they represent are not note worthy or life changing as they promote. As an alum of this organization, I am disappointed to hear what my friends have experienced which has been extremely disappointing and no longer an organization I will recommend. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!


Client Served

Rating: 5

Year Up was a great experience for me. It opened a lot of doors with the education and opportunities it provided. The internship I had allowed move into other jobs a lot easier than if I hadn't had it.
There are some pros and cons, as with anything, but it was a great time nonetheless.


Client Served

Rating: 5

Year Up Providence where do I begin, such a Great organization. The Year UP staff focus so much on what the students goals are focus on what the student would like to achieve and provides amazing support from the begging to end. Year UP Providence thank you for shaping me into the person I am today, I am now employed and taking all of the professional skills that I learned with me into the corporate world. YOU ALL ROCK


General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Year Up is selling false hopes to urban youth that need the support and structure of an agency that will invest in them, they are supporting partners that are not willing to keep our youth but provide them with experience
if we are not establishing partnerships that are willing to employ our youth and invest in them, we should not partner with them, students are placed in internships that are not being monitored , partners and Year up staff are not being held to a standard of accountability but the students are, give life long experiences to students
not money to a top heavy employer.

Review from Guidestar