In the future, every young adult will be able to reach their full potential.

Year Up’s mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by ensuring that young adults gain the skills, experiences, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through 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.


The “Opportunity Divide”

Talent in America is spread evenly, but opportunity is not. Today, over 5 million young adults are cut off from any real path to a stable career, despite having the talent and drive to achieve more. At the same time, American businesses face a crippling skills gap of 12 million jobs through 2025 and desperately need more skilled workers. The good news is there is a proven solution.

Discover more about the “Opportunity Divide” and how Year Up, our partners, and supporters are making a difference.

Closing the Divide

By providing young adults with the professional and technical skills hiring companies need, we ensure they can launch successful professional careers, while providing American businesses an untapped source for bright, motivated young talent.

A Proven Path

Every $1 invested in Year Up, generates an estimated $35 for the young people in our program — launching careers, supporting families, and strengthening communities.