Despite a childhood that included six foster homes and seven different schools, Tazo Stuart-Riascos hoped for a better life. He visiting downtown San Francisco at 18 and being inspired by the excitement and the purpose he saw in the faces of the people walking by him with somewhere to be, briefcases in hand. He wanted to be part of that world, but he just didn’t know how to get there.

At Year Up, Tazo was able to earn college credits and an internship at His hard work and dedication earned him not only the respect of his co-workers, but also a full-time IT position at the end of his placement and two promotions during his first six months on the job. Today, he is a Salesforce and Information Systems Coordinator at LinkedIn.