This report provides encouraging evidence on the implementation and early impacts of Year Up--a national sectoral training program for urban young adults aged 18-24 with a high school diploma or equivalent.
Operated by an organization of the same name, Year Up provides six months of full-time customized training in the IT and financial service sectors followed by six-month internships at major firms. The full-time program provides extensive supports—including weekly stipends—and puts a heavy emphasis on professional, as well as technical, skills. Employer payments to Year Up for interns financed 59 percent of the program’s $28,290 per participant cost. The program grew rapidly following its inception in Boston in 2000, increasing both in the number and size of local offices. During the study period—2013-2014—Year Up served over 3,500 young adults in eight metropolitan areas.