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Year Up Matches Urban Youth to a Hungry Job Market

“The positive response goes both ways. Year Up’s corporate partners see the program as a way for them to help address a societal issue while benefiting from the skills Year Up students offer. As program veterans like to say, “It’s not a handout, it’s a hand up.”

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Getting High-School Grads into the Closed-Off World of Tech

“The model solves a growing problem in a tight economy: Across the country, hundreds of thousands of people are stuck in low-paying jobs with little room for upward mobility, while employers can’t find enough qualified workers for jobs that don’t require college degrees. Year Up takes students who might not otherwise know how to negotiate the working world and gives them the skills they need to make it in in-demand jobs.”

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Year Up Lifts the Next Generation

“I don’t think there is any clearer correlation to the HBS mission of ‘Educating leaders who make a difference in the world,’ than Year Up. More than a standard working internship, Year Up at HBS is an educational experience. For many it is their first window into a world that might typically be unreachable. From day one, interns are learning about new technologies, developing confidence, and building social and professional skills. By tearing down the opportunity gap, they are indeed making a difference in the world.”