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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Job Training, Two-Year Colleges

Mission: Year Up's mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with skills, experience and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.

Results: 84% of our graduates are employed or enrolled in college full-time within 4 months of graduation. We have served over 4,000 students to date.

Programs: Year up is a national nonprofit organization that enables low-income young adults (ages 18-24) to move from poverty to professional careers in one year. We seek to close the opportunity divide-the gap between those who have access to education, resources, and living-wage employment, and those who do not. 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. In achieving our mission, year up acts as an "opportunity broker" between young adults and corporations lacking access to a well-trained workforce and a pipeline of talent for approximately 14 million vacant jobs that companies will struggle to fill between now and 2020. In 2013, during a time of historic youth unemployment and the graduation of our largest class to date, year up saw 86% of its alumni go on to pursue full-time employment or education within four months of graduating. Those employed are earning an average starting wage of $15. 86 per hour.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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


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

Review from Guidestar