1. Grow and Strengthen the Core:
We will scale our direct service program to serve 2,500 students annually by 2016. During this time period, Year Up will both open three new sites and invest substantial resources toward growth in existing cities, allowing us to improve the core program model as well as expand it.
2. Develop the Million-Person Model:
We will design and pilot alternative program models that can grow rapidly to serve many more young adults across the United States. These models will build on the successful practices of our core model, with a focus on innovations that allow for greater scale. We anticipate partnering closely with community colleges in this process to increase graduation rates and successful transitions into the labor market.
3. Create Systems Change:
We will broaden access to career and postsecondary opportunities by influencing the systems that perpetuate the Opportunity Divide. We will pursue this strategy at both the national level and in the various metropolitan areas where our sites operate. Our growing corps of alumni will be critical allies as we pursue this strategy.