Year Up Professional Resources, PBC (YUPRO) Honored for Best Work-Based Learning Program in U.S. Staffing and Recruiting Industry

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Award recognizes YUPRO’s “Pathways at Work – Your StepUP to Success” program for Opportunity Talent.

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"YUPRO is a critical part of fulfilling our mission to connect young people in need of opportunity with companies in need of their talent.” - Gerald Chertavian, Founder and CEO of the nonprofit Year Up

Year Up Professional Resources, PBC (YUPRO), was honored with a 2020 American Staffing Association (ASA) Elevate Award. This national awards program recognizes the most innovative and effective work-based learning programs to train, upskill, and reskill temporary and contract employees.

YUPRO was honored for its “Pathways at Work – Your StepUP to Success” assignment-based coaching program, which improves contractor retention, increases productivity and job satisfaction, and ultimately increases conversion to permanent jobs for the Opportunity Talent they serve. The program’s unique, high-touch approach includes a PAIRIN survey to evaluate job readiness; skills assessments with customized, on-assignment coaching; and client feedback sessions. As a result, YUPRO can drive participants’ continuous performance improvement within its clients’ evolving workplaces. Throughout the program, participants gain professional skills such as self-assessment, goal alignment, team collaboration, active listening, and influencing others.

“Our ability to positively affect the career progression of our talent — who may get overlooked in traditional talent acquisition methods — while enhancing the workforce of tomorrow for our employer partners is the foundation of our social mission,” said Michelle Sims, CEO of YUPRO. “We believe everyone should be afforded the opportunity to StepUP to success. Our social mission is the basis of our business model. It’s about the talent we serve, the challenges they’ve overcome, and their grit and determination to succeed. We exist to support their career journey and provide a coaching plan — they do all the hard work to thrive.”

“We are excited to join the ASA in celebrating YUPRO’s great work providing graduates of the Year Up program with additional skills and support for launching their careers,” said Gerald Chertavian, Founder and CEO of the nonprofit Year Up. “Their coaching program has proven retention results for our young adults in corporate America. YUPRO is a critical part of fulfilling our mission to connect young people in need of opportunity with companies in need of their talent.”

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About Year Up Professional Resources, PBC
YUPRO is the nation’s leading Opportunity Talent Placement Firm and connects forward-thinking companies with diverse talent that drives long-term business success. YUPRO is a Public Benefit Corporation and a wholly owned subsidiary of Year Up, Inc., a leading non-profit workforce development organization, and upholds a shared social mission to close the Opportunity Divide. YUPRO utilizes a proprietary coaching program to place and support Opportunity Talent as they secure jobs where they earn fair and equitable market wages and experience continuity of work in a professional role. To learn more, visit or follow us on LinkedIn.

About Year Up
Year Up is an award-winning, national 501(c)3 organization that enables motivated young adults to move from minimum wage to meaningful careers in just one year by providing the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their full potential. Through a one-year, intensive program, Year Up utilizes a high-expectations, high-support 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 30,000 young adults since its founding in 2000. Year Up is active in 35 campuses across the U.S., including Arizona, Baltimore, Bay Area, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Greater Atlanta, Greater Boston, Greater Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, the National Capital Region, New York City/Jersey City, Pittsburgh, Puget Sound, Rhode Island, South Florida, Tampa Bay, and Wilmington. Year Up has been voted one of the “Best Non-Profits to Work For” by The NonProfit Times. To learn more, visit, and follow us on LinkedIn.

About the American Staffing Association
The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit

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