On May 8, 2013, Year Up will hold its fourth annual Walk for Opportunity at sites across the country to showcase the talented young adults living in our cities.
Last year, thousands across the country walked to recognize that America's urban young adults are talented and are economic assets, not social liabilities - an inspiring sight and an important message. To galvanize the US economy, we must connect these young adults searching for opportunity with the businesses that need their talent.
The Walk for Opportunity is a historic step in Year Up’s journey for social and economic prosperity. Join us on May 8th!
Walk for Opportunity 2012: Flash Mob
Students, staff, and supporters of Year Up Puget Sound staged a flash mob for opportunity, encouraging Seattle to recognize talent.
About Year Up
Year Up, a national 501(c)3 non-profit organization now operating in ten cities across the country, has been helping young adults achieve economic success for over a decade. 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.
A one-year intensive training and education program, Year Up provides both high school graduates and GED recipients, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skill development and corporate internship opportunities with over 250 corporate partners. The model is working; a recent independent evaluation showed that Year Up graduates earned 30% more than non-participants. 84% of graduates are placed within full- or part-time jobs or enrolled in school within four months of graduation, and those working earn an average wage of $15 per hour (about $30,000 per year).
The Opportunity Divide and
the Future of America
There are more than 3.7 million job openings in this country that employers are unable to fill. At the same time, there more than 6.7 million young adults in the United States who are “disconnected” – neither in school nor working. These young people face an Opportunity Divide, a gulf borne of a lack of access to resources and support that prevents talented young adults from making the most of their potential; as it continues to grow, businesses are increasingly facing a shortage of skilled labor. New approaches, connecting social entrepreneurs, the private sector and government, can ensure disconnected youth have the support they need to fuel the United States’ future.