2016 Grand Prize Winner

Year Up

Skills

Year Up, a national nonprofit organization operating in sixteen markets, endeavors to close the Opportunity Divide, the vast gap that exists between Opportunity Youth, who lack access to opportunity, and Fortune 1000 companies, who lack access to a pipeline of diverse, skilled talent. Year Up has over fifteen years of experience equipping low-income young adults with skills and experience that will allow them to compete for, and obtain, professional jobs with career pathways. 85% of our graduates are employed and/or enrolled in school full-time within four months of program completion, and employed graduates earn an average starting wage of upwards of $18/hour. Through our direct service program, we are seeking to prove, along with leading employers on a national scale, that Opportunity Youth are a viable talent source for entry-level and middle-skilled jobs.

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