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Year Up New York | New Jersey Announces $250,000 Grant from the New York Jets

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Funds will allow the nonprofit program to connect more young people in the region with meaningful wage careers in high-growth industries

NEW YORK, Dec. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Year Up New York | New Jersey, a nonprofit program that provides young adults with the skills, experience, and support to reach their full potential, announced today that it has received a $250,000 grant from the New York Jets as part of the team's social justice, inclusion and diversity efforts.

The grant will support Year Up New York | New Jersey's ongoing efforts to provide intensive training and internship programs for young adults, with the goal of moving them from minimum wage to meaningful careers in one year. More than 90 percent of Year Up students identify as a person of color.

In addition to the grant, New York Jets players, coaches and staff will be able to volunteer their time and expertise at Year Up.

Year Up graduate Jazmin Severino, a System Support Specialist at the New York Jets, recommended the nonprofit to the team, embodying the Year Up alumni motto to "lift while you climb."

"Thanks to Jazmin's advocacy and generous support from the New York Jets, Year Up New York | New Jersey will be able to serve even more young people in the region who have the talent and motivation to succeed but lack access to opportunity," said Nadine Sylvester Crammer, Year Up New York | New Jersey Site Director. "The ongoing crisis has had a huge disproportionate impact on Black and Latinx young adults, and this grant will help empower them to launch meaningful careers at top companies as we continue working to advance racial and economic justice in corporate America."

The $250,000 grant to Year Up New York | New Jersey is part of the New York Jets' $1,000,000 donation to four partner organizations that share the goal of reducing barriers and creating opportunities for individuals in need.

"We wanted to contribute to these organizations and help push our community forward. It is our hope through these partnerships that we can positively affect the access, equity and rights of those in need," said New York Jets President Hymie Elhai.

Nationwide, 90 percent of Year Up graduates are employed or attending college within four months of completing the program, with average starting salaries of $42,000/year. In 2018, the federally-sponsored Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) evaluation of Year Up 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 impact on earnings reported to date for a workforce program tested in a randomized controlled trial.

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. Employers face a growing need for talent while millions of talented young adults lack access to meaningful careers. These inequities only further perpetuate the opportunity gap that exists in our country—a gap that Year Up is determined and positioned to close through three interconnected strategies: providing targeted skills training and connections to livable-wage employment for students and alumni; empowering others to serve and support young adults; and changing systems that perpetuate the opportunity gap. Year Up's intensive training program 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 30,000 young adults across 35 campuses since its founding in 2000 and has been voted one of the "Best Non-Profits to Work For" by The NonProfit Times. To learn more, visit http://www.yearup.org, and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Media Contact

Lauren Peachey, Year Up, 424-543-2539, LPeachey@YearUp.org