Year Up's

The data's clear: Our effective job training for
young adults generates a significant, sustainable
increase in earnings and employment.

New research confirms that Year Up’s earnings gains are the largest ever reported to date for workforce programs.

Partnering with the Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation (OPRE) and Abt Associates, Year Up is one of nine leading programs selected to take part in the federally-sponsored Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) Evaluation. This evaluation uses a randomized controlled trial (RCT), the rigorous “gold standard” of studies. This new report evaluates Year Up outcomes four years after graduation.

Four years after young adults participated in Year Up, average earnings for those in the Year Up cohort were 34% higher than for young adults in the control group, confirming that Year Up generates the largest earnings impacts ever captured in an RCT.

The Year Up program doesn’t just benefit our graduates or our partners. Analysis by Abt Associates calculated that every $1.00 spent on Year Up results in a gain to society of $1.66. At scale, that means that a $100M investment in Year Up could generate a return of $166M.

The independent evaluation by Abt Associates found that annual gains of nearly $8,000 in average earnings—a 30-40 percent increase—persisted to the end of the five-year study period.

The earnings impact was significant for all eight Year Up locations included in the study, as well as for every student subgroup—defined by age, gender, race/ethnicity, high school grades, educational attainment, and training commitment.

In short: Year Up works.

New report demonstrates Year Up's substantial, long-lasting impact on earnings gains.

Graph showing 34% higher earning gains for Year Up participants.

Four years out, average earnings for students in the Year Up cohort were 34% higher than in the control group.

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Year Up is committed to ensuring equitable access to economic opportunity, education, and justice for all young adults—no matter their background, income, or zip code.

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Learn more about Year Up’s Research & Evaluation efforts here.