Year Up

Closing the opportunity divide for young adults

Overview 

What they do

Year Up is a 21-year-old national workforce training program operating 29 sites across 18 cities. Year Up rigorously prepares underserved young adults for successful corporate careers and higher education, and enables them to move from minimum wage to meaningful careers—in just one year.

Mission: Year Up’s mission is to close the opportunity divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience and support that will empower them to reach their potential.

Why we love them: Year Up achieves its mission through a one-year, intensive training program. The program provides young adults, ages 18-24, with hands-on skill development, coursework, corporate internships and wrap-around support. Its approach focuses on students’ professional and personal development to help them achieve economic self-sufficiency.

Our partnership

Year Up is deepening its workforce connections by leveraging the Pluralsight platform

Using Pluralsight as a mechanism to support students, staff and alumni, Year Up hopes to bridge the technology skills gap in order to promote career progression and development at scale.

Our partnership with Year Up works to support capacity building for staff, instructors, youth participants and alumni. It also includes technical strategy support that maps Pluralsight content to Year Up’s organizational goals and learning outcomes in support of a smooth and successful pathway for ongoing skill development for its youth and alumni.

Our goals 

To advance our shared goals of supporting underserved learners, our partnership includes

Investment

A product-based grant of $12.4 million

6,500 licenses in year one, with an additional 4,500 each in years two and three.

Investment

$350,000
Investment

A $100,000 cash investment from Pluralsight One in 2019.
$250k grant in 2020 to support continuity for interns and alumni during COVID-19 and prevent long-term unemployment. 

impact snapshot

COVID-19 Emergency Grants

Pluralsight One granted $1.25 million to support our partners and bolster regional COVID-19 emergency responses in the communities where we live and work, including: 

  • $250,000 cash grant to the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) to enable the development and deployment of digital and tech-enabled field-based solutions to support their global COVID-19 response 
  • $300,000 cash grant to Malala Fund over two years to support the work of five Champions across Afghanistan, India, Nigeria and Pakistan, who are developing and implementing tech-enabled solutions to girls’ education 
  • $250,000 cash grant to the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) to support teachers with digital teaching and learning resources to preserve computer science education in K-12 schools nationwide 
  • $250,000 cash grant to Year Up to ensure program continuity for current students as well as support youths’ urgent health and financial needs 
  • $200,000 cash grants to four regional COVID-19 Emergency Funds where our team members live and work across Utah, Boston, Ireland and internationally through the United Nations and World Health Organization.

Strategy 

2019-2021 strategic priorities

Deliver demand-driven services to the market

Focus on developing more large-scale relationships with employers across industries and geographies and invest in market responsiveness to attract leading employers.

Demonstrate sustainability through co-location

Adapt model to co-locate within community colleges, reducing cost per student so that earned income can fully cover operating expenses and develop stronger pathways to employment.

Foster alumni advancement and leadership

Strengthen National Alumni Association to provide alumni with resources to succeed in their careers and education. Work to provide resources like career coaching, supporting post-secondary education and professional development.

Build a stronger talent marketplace

Year Up will work to scale to the size necessary to serve all young adults in need of opportunity by sharing knowledge with a wide range of partners who bring social, political and economic capital to provide opportunity.