Year Up - National Capital Region

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About us

Founded in 2000, Year Up is a non-profit organization striving to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experiences and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Year Up recognizes that the Opportunity Divide—specifically, historical barriers to education and professional work—is driven by race, ethnicity, national origin and socio-economic status. Year Up seeks to close the Divide by setting high expectations and providing high support for our young adults.

Through a one-year intensive training program, Year Up provides urban young adults ages 18-24 with a unique combination of hands-on technical and professional skills, college credit, and corporate internships. Year Up lives by and adheres to a core set of values that reflect an unshakable belief in the talent and full potential of our young adults. With an annual operating budget of over $50 million, Year Up will serve over 1,700 students in 2013 across ten sites nationwide: Atlanta, Boston, Bay Area (San Francisco), New York, Providence, Puget Sound (Seattle), National Capital Region (Washington DC) and Chicago, with Year Up Professional Training Corps (PTC) sites located in Miami and Baltimore.

Year Up has the distinction of being rated one of the Top 10 non-profits in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, one of the 50 best nonprofits to work for by the NonProfit Times, and one of the best non-profits to work for by Opportunity Knocks. Other awards include Fast Company Magazine's Social Capitalist Award for innovative business model and social impact in 2005, 2007, and 2008. In 2009, the Harvard Business School published a case study on Year Up's origins and success. Please visit learn more about working at Year Up, and to see a list of current opportunities.


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Phone: 703 312 9327 ext 1210

Fax: 703 312 7986

1560 N Wilson Blvd, Ste 350, Arlington, VA, 22209, US

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