Description & History

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.

We have two distinct, interrelated client bases. Our student clients are young adults, aged 18-24, who are disconnected from the economic mainstream, are unemployed or underemployed, and have no progressed academically beyond a high school diploma or GED. We prepare our students with technical and professional, classroom-based training for 21 weeks. After their successful completion of this phase, they earn a six-month internship at one of our corporate partner sites.

Our second client base is comprised of our corporate partners. These partners host our students as interns, supply employee volunteers to our organization, and invest in Year Up via corporate giving programs and philanthropy. We rely heavily on feedback from our employer partners to ensure that our students are well-prepared for corporate internships and careers. 

Year Up holds itself accountable to the following benchmarks with each student cohort service:

75% retention

85% positive outcomes (college or career, full-time, within 4 months of graduation)

$15/hour average starting salary

90% employer satisfaction

About the organization


Yasmeen Allen
Manager of Institutional Giving
(646) 346-8534 ext: 1338
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