Year Up Greater Philadelphia Recognizes JPMorgan Chase and Lincoln Financial at Graduation Ceremony for Opportunity Youth

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Lincoln Financial Group Receives Corporate Champion Award and JPMorgan Chase Receives Urban Empowerment Award at Year Up Greater Philadelphia Class Five Graduation

Celebrating the leadership of its corporate partners in creating pathways to employment for urban young adults, Year Up Greater Philadelphia recognized JPMorgan Chase with the Urban Empowerment Award and Lincoln Financial Group with the Corporate Champion Award at the Class Five graduation ceremony.

Year Up Greater Philadelphia is a yearlong workforce development program that provides urban young adults with six months of technical and professional training, followed by a six-month internship at top companies like Lincoln Financial and JPMorgan Chase.

“The Urban Empowerment Award recognizes the significant time and resources that JPMorgan Chase has dedicated to ensuring more urban young adults in the Greater Philadelphia area gain the skills and experience to launch an exciting career,” said Joseph Coyle, Executive Director of Year Up Greater Philadelphia.

JPMorgan Chase has hosted ten Year Up Greater Philadelphia interns since 2015.

“We continue to be impressed with the professionalism and the character of the Year Up interns. Their willingness to learn is immediately evident and their passion for their career is inspiring,” said the JPMC Delaware Global Compliance Operations Year Up Team.

“With the Corporate Champion Award, we’re highlighting Lincoln Financial’s commitment to Year Up’s mission as a new corporate partner,” said Coyle. “Our corporate partners are integral to our continued success, and earning the opportunity to work at companies like Lincoln Financial motivates our students to reach their full potential.”

Lincoln Financial Group has hosted three interns and hired their first graduate this year.

“It’s been an honor to partner with Year Up Greater Philadelphia to provide young adults with an opportunity to challenge themselves and uncover their own unique talents as valued members of the Lincoln Financial team,” said Matt Geis, Senior Vice President, Head of Human Resources for Annuity Solutions, Lincoln Financial Distributors and Lincoln Financial Network at Lincoln Financial Group. “Like Year Up, Lincoln recognizes how important it is to empower tomorrow’s leaders and equip them with the knowledge and hands-on experience needed to be successful in all of their future endeavors.”

Year Up Greater Philadelphia launched in 2013 at Pierce College and has served more than 220 young adults to date, with its fifth class graduating on July 12, 2016. The program provides urban young adults (ages 18-24, without college degrees) with in-demand technical, professional and communication skills. Nationwide, 85 percent of Year Up graduates are employed or attending college full-time within four months of completing the yearlong program, with an average starting salary of $37,000/year. Learn more about Year Up Greater Philadelphia by following us on Twitter @YearUpGP.

About Year Up Inc.
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 through professional careers and higher education. Year Up achieves this mission through a high support, high expectation model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, internships and college credits. Its holistic approach focuses on students' professional and personal development to place these young adults on a viable path to economic self-sufficiency. Year Up currently serves more than 3,000 students a year at sites in Arizona, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Jacksonville, the National Capital Region, New York City, Philadelphia, Providence, Puget Sound, San Francisco Bay Area, and South Florida. To learn more, visit or

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