Year Up Bay Area Launches its Proven Job Training Program at Facebook to Empower Young Adults who are Underrepresented in Tech

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Free program will provide on-site job training and job opportunities at Facebook to 80 young adults in its first year; Recruitment will prioritize young adults from North Fair Oaks, East Palo Alto, Redwood City, and Belle Haven

Year Up Bay Area (“YUBA”), a non-profit workforce development program for motivated and talented young adults, announced today the launch of a new Year Up site at Facebook, Inc (“Facebook”). The new site, which is Year Up’s first employer-based site on the West Coast, will serve 80 young adults in its first year and allow YUBA to serve 560 young people across the Bay Area.

Year Up provides free job training to talented and motivated youth, ages 18-24, without college degrees. Students gain in-demand technical and professional skills in the first six months, then participate in a six-month internship at a top local company. Last month, the federally-sponsored Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) evaluation of the program showed a 53% increase in initial earnings for young adults randomly assigned to Year Up compared with similar young adults in a control group—the largest impacts on earnings reported to date for a workforce program tested in a randomized controlled trial.

Facebook, a Year Up corporate partner since 2011, has hired 91 Year Up graduates and hosted nearly two hundred Year Up interns in areas such as IT Deployment, A/V Tech, Business Intelligence, IT Helpdesk, Project Management Support and Sales Support.

The first class of students at the Facebook-based job training site will start in September 2018, with recruitment prioritizing young adults from the North Fair Oaks, East Palo Alto, Redwood City, and Belle Haven neighborhoods surrounding Facebook’s campus. Participants in Year Up Bay Area at Facebook are guaranteed a Facebook internship if they successfully complete the first six months of the program, with the opportunity to earn a full-time position at the company after graduating from Year Up.

“As Year Up Bay Area continues to grow and connect more young adults to meaningful tech career pathways, we’re excited to partner with Facebook and launch our first employer-based site on the West Coast,” said Emily Schaffer, Year Up Bay Area Executive Director. “For the past 7 years, Facebook has partnered with us to recognize talent in their community, hosting hundreds of interns as well as hiring graduates who have been supported in career development that has led to management roles and beyond.”

“As we grow in Menlo Park, it is increasingly important to hire strong local talent and create opportunities for our neighbors,” said Bernita Dillard, Facebook Public Policy Associate Manager, Local Recruitment. “Through this expanded partnership with Year Up and our local talent program, Access, we aim to create a pathway to professional development and equitable employment for our community.”

Since 2008, Year Up Bay Area has provided more than 2,330 young adults with in-demand skills at campuses in San Francisco, Silicon Valley (San Jose), and at Diablo Valley College, creating a pipeline of diverse, motivated talent for more than 50 top companies in the region. Year Up Bay Area currently serves more than 480 young adults each year, with 92 percent of graduates employed or attending college full-time within four months of completing the program, earning average starting salaries of $47,000/year. Learn more about Year Up Bay Area by visiting us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Year Up
Year Up is an award-winning, national 501(c)3 organization that provides talented and motivated young adults ages 18-24 with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Through a one-year, intensive training program, Year Up utilizes a high-support, high-expectations model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, coursework eligible for college credit, and corporate internships at more than 250 top companies. Its holistic approach focuses on students' professional and personal development to enable young adults with a viable path to economic self-sufficiency and meaningful careers. Year Up has served more than 19,500 young adults since its founding in 2000, and will serve more than 4,000 young adults in 2018 across 21 U.S. cities in Arizona, Baltimore, Bay Area, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Greater Atlanta, Greater Boston, Greater Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, National Capital Region, New York City, Providence, Puget Sound, South Florida, and Wilmington. Year Up has been voted one of the “Best Non-Profits to Work For” by The NonProfit Times for eight consecutive years, and rated a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator for twelve consecutive years, placing them in the top 1% of tracked organizations.

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