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Who We Are

OUR VISION

In the future, every urban young adult will have access to the education, experiences, and guidance required to realize his or her true potential.

OUR MISSION

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 VALUES

Our six core values guide all aspects of our work:

  • Respect and value others
  • Build trust, be honest
  • Be accountable
  • Engage and embrace diversity
  • Strive to learn
  • Work hard and have fun

 

OUR HISTORY

2000

  • Year Up is founded in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Year Up incorporates as a 501(c) 3 in October.
  • Alta Communications gives Year Up its first space on the 5th floor of the Hancock Tower, Boston, MA.

2001

  • Year Up moves to 93 Summer Street.
  • The Year Up program enrolls its first cohort, 22 students.

2002

  • In January, first internships begin. Corporate partners include: Abt Associates, Amerivault, Aquent, Bain & Company, CitySoft, Digitas, Every network, Fidelity, Hale & Dorr, Partners Healthcare, Putnam Investments and Upromise.
  • The first Year Up class graduates!

2004

  • Year Up has 100 alumni on the books.

2005

  • Year Up Providence, RI opens, and becomes the first site outside of Boston.

2006

  • Year Up launches the Investment Operations curriculum track.
  • Year Up National Capital Region launches.
  • Year Up New York launches.

2007

  • Microsoft commits to $10M in multiyear support to Year Up.

2008

  • Year Up Bay Area opens.
  • Year Up begins its Diversity and Cultural Competency Initiative to build a more diverse organization responsive to our student and staff needs.

2009

  • Year Up Atlanta opens.
  • The “Serve America Act” is signed into law. Year Up is a founding member of America Forward, the coalition that spearheaded this effort.

2010

  • Year Up Chicago opens.
  • Year Up holds the first-annual Walk for Opportunity to support economic and educational opportunities for young adults.
  • Year Up Baltimore, a pilot program in partnership with the Community College of Baltimore County, launches.
  • Greg Walton becomes the first Year Up alumnus to join the National Board.

2011

  • Year Up Puget Sound opens.

2012

  • Year Up Miami, a pilot program in partnership with Miami Dade Community College, launches.

2013

  • Year Up Philadelphia, a pilot program in partnership with Peirce College, launches.

2014

  • Year Up Bay Area – Silicon Valley opens.

2015

  • Year Up Arizona opens.
  • Year Up Jacksonville opens.
  • 10,000 total students served.

What We Do

Year Up seeks 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 one-year, intensive training program that provides low-income young adults, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skills development, coursework eligible for college credit, corporate internships, and wraparound support.

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