The earnings persisted throughout the economic downturn caused by COVID-19, which has had a disproportionate economic impact on young people of color, Year Up’s student demographic. Greater access to jobs in Information Technology, Business and Financial Services was key to maintaining or increasing pre-pandemic earnings impacts for treatment compared to control group members.
“This report confirms that Year Up provides tremendous, long-term value not only to our students but to society at large,” said Year Up Founder and CEO Gerald Chertavian.
Researchers found that Year Up’s long-term earnings impacts are among the highest ever reported across all racial and ethnic groups; however, its impacts for Black and Hispanic/Latino individuals — who comprise the majority of Year Up students — are lower than those for non-Black, non-Hispanic participants.
“Year Up must build on its success and continue broadening its role with employers to help ensure our graduates can fulfill their potential throughout their careers,” said Chertavian. “Forward-thinking leaders recognize that equitable recruitment, retention, and advancement are critical to maintaining top-performing businesses.”
The study also found that Year Up participants were more likely to have jobs offering a full array of benefits, including health insurance, paid vacation holidays and sick days, as well as retirement or pension benefits — benefits that can add a significant amount to participants’ overall compensation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statisticsas of December 2021benefit costs accounted for 29.5 percent of employers’ total compensation costs for private industry workers.
“The latest findings attest to the remarkable staying power of Year Up’s benefits,” said Abt’s David Fine, the lead study author. “Our report also offers a series of suggestions for increasing equity and scale in future iterations of the program. The study is an example of how a rigorous evaluation can help both to prove a program’s success and guide its improvement.”
In Year Up’s yearlong program model, participants receive six months of in-demand technical and professional training skills at no cost, followed by a six-month internship at a leading company such as JPMorgan Chase, Salesforce, and AT&T.
Students earn an educational stipend and college credits throughout the year, and receive wrap-around support services to help them complete the rigorous program. Nationwide, 80 percent of Year Up graduates are employed or attending college within four months of completing the program.
Year Up is one of nine programs Abt evaluated for the Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) project sponsored by the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families.
To read the full report, visit: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/opre/report/benefits-last-long-term-impact-and-cost-benefit-findings-year-up.
Abt’s full portfolio of findings on Year Up can be found at: https://www.abtassociates.com/projects/evaluating-year-ups-programs-for-young-adults
About Year Up Inc.
Year Up is a national 501(c)3 workforce development organization committed to ensuring equitable access to economic opportunity, education, and justice for all young adults—no matter their background, income, or zip code. Year Up is offered at no cost to participants, and utilizes a high expectations, high support model where students learn in-demand technical and professional skills and apply them during a corporate internship. Year Up has served more than 36,000 young adults across 19 geographies since its founding in 2000 and has been voted one of the “Best Non-Profits to Work For” by The NonProfit Times. Nationwide, 80 percent of Year Up graduates are employed or attending college within four months of completing the program, with average starting salaries of $44,000/year. To learn more, visit www.yearup.organd follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
About Abt Associates
Abt Associates is a global consulting and research firm that uses data and bold thinking to improve the quality of people’s lives. From combatting infectious disease and rigorous program evaluations, to ensuring safe water and promoting access to affordable – and more – Ab partners with clients and communities to tackle their most complex challenges.
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