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Year Up, Inc.
  • 45 Milk Street, 9th floor, Boston, MA 02109
  • 617-542-1533
  • Vocational Skills Training
Year Up Workforce Development Program
Program activities:

At our downtown Boston site, trainees first participate in a 21-week, hands-on training phase where they gain technical, business, and interpersonal skills aligned with in-demand, middle-skill roles (those that require some training but not a four-year degree). Through close relationships with employers, we ensure curricula is aligned with industry demand. During their time at Year Up, students receive an educational stipend, and we offer opportunities to acquire industry-recognized credentials, certifications, and college credits to support them in their career advancement. They also gain skills and competencies to enable their success in the workplace, such as business communication, time management, public speaking, digital literacy and engagement, networking, and more.

In the second half of the program, students apply their skills by participating in a work-based experience with one of more than 30 corporate partners in the Greater Boston area such as JPMorgan Chase and Income Research + Management for the Financial Operations track and Boston Medical Center, Mass General Brigham, and Harvard University for the Information Technology track. During their work placements, students apply the skills and knowledge acquired during their training and gain experience in a corporate environment. For the majority of the week, participants engage in a blend of remote and in-person days with their employer and participate in a virtual Year Up class one afternoon. In these professional development workshops, we provide targeted coursework to ensure students’ success at their internships and to build career readiness, such as job search guidance, resume reviews, mock interviews, college fairs, and more. For our corporate partners, the work-based experience is beneficial as it provides them access to a diverse pool of candidates that are not always reached through traditional recruitment channels. By the end of their work placements, many students convert their role into a full-time job opportunity at their companies, and all earn marketable experience that bolsters their resumes, builds their networks, and increases their access to living-wage jobs.

Throughout the program, we provide wraparound support services to ensure students’ success and progression despite external challenges they may be facing. We recognize that many students are presented with responsibilities and barriers that could impede their participation and interfere with securing employment. In response, we provide resources to balance personal demands and the rigors of the program. This includes but is not limited to: a Student Services team of on-site social workers, available financial assistance as needs arise, mental health supports and referrals, and a network of community-based organizations and providers.

Our support continues post-graduation, with a dedicated Employment Placement team that assists with job searching and placement. All graduates will join the National Alumni Association, a community of more than 27,200 alumni nationally, and 4,200 locally in YUGB, who provide lifelong access to career and academic advising, networking, employment assistance, and more. We also offer ongoing support for alumni through YUPRO (Year Up Professional Placement, PBC), our employment placement agency. By providing a comprehensive suite of supports both during and after our programs, Year Up ensures graduates find meaningful employment with living wages and career growth pathways.

Application Link:

Program is offered in: English
Participant demographics:

We serve young adults ages 18-29, the majority of whom are people of color. Our students have a H.S. diploma/GED but are disconnected from the economic mainstream.

Anticipated number of SNAP participants per year: 30
Total hours: 35
Program duration: 47 weeks
Rolling Admission: No
Number of cycles: 2
Program start dates: Next start date: 9/3/2024
Sample schedule:
HoursActivity TypeMonTueWedThuFriSatSun
8:30 am-3:30 pmLearning & Development (first 21 weeks)
8:30 am -11:30 am Learning & Development (first 21 weeks)
9:00 am-5:00 pmInternship (following 26 weeks)
9:00 am-3:00 pmInternship (following 26 weeks)
Other Schedule Information: Students begin with 21 weeks of classroom-based training to develop technical skills relevant to one of our career tracks (Business Operations, Financial Operations, Information Technology, and Software Development & Support). Next, students put knowledge to practice while gaining marketable experience at a full-time, six-month internship with one of more than 30 corporate partners, such as Bank of America and Harvard University.
Is the program offered remotely? Hybrid
Is public transportation available? Yes

Location information:

45 Milk St., Boston, MAAccessible via public transportation.
Additional information about location:

We operate a hybrid program, incorporating in-person and remote engagement. Our goal is for students to experience a program that is approximately 50% in-person (45 Milk St., Boston, MA) and 50% remote to better equip them for the modern workplace. Exact ratios of in-person to remote program delivery will vary based on site needs, opportunities, and limitations.

In the second half of the program, students intern with one of our corporate partners, located across Greater Boston. We match students with internships that they are able to commute to based on their transportation access. During internship, students have a virtual seminar course with Year Up once per week.

Program requirements: CORI check, Drug Testing, High school diploma/GED/HiSET, Immunizations/Health Records
Program is CORI friendly? Yes
Additional details: Misdemeanor or juvenile records have no impact on your application to Year Up but do need to be disclosed to the companies where students are placed for their internship. We work closely, in partnership with our corporate partners, to support young adults with a criminal record as best we can.
Anticipated outcomes: Year Up program completion certificate
Other outcomes: Employment/Promotion, Basic skills gain, Industry skills gain, 85% of graduates employed and/or enrolled in postsecondary education, earning $23/hour on average

Participant Supports:

Participant Support CategoryAll participantsAs needed
DTA SNAP Child Care Referral
Transportation Support available through DTA OR Year Up
Are there any out of pocket expenses for the participant? Yes
Out of pocket expense(s) or additional information: transportation to program/internship for in-person days (DTA transportation support available as needed)
Do participants receive any pay? Stipend
Other, please explain: Bi-weekly stipend during Learning & Development and internship (higher rate during internship)

Contact Information

Program Liaison: Ashleandra Opoku
Telephone: 617-532-1533
Program code: YUP-VT-IT
ABAWD Qualifying? Yes