And they claim a mission that is up to the task as well - . . . "to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education."
As I explore the nonprofit world, I continue to find amazing organizations that are doing incredible things to lift people up - in this country and around the world. The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in the nonprofit world as organizations use best practices and quantifiable metrics to execute their strategies and to measure their successes. I am very excited to have this opportunity, at this point in my life, to make this career shift so that I can be part of this movement.
Okay, back to the "opportunity divide." According to Year Up's website, in 2006 there were 4.3 million young adults who were neither employed nor enrolled in postsecondary education. In a technologically driven and very competitive labor market, this won't work. Young adults need the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to find meaningful work that pays a living wage. Sometimes, young adults with ambition simply need a little direction and support to find their way. What a great investment to make - to provide that opportunity!
By the way, Year Up was one of 45 organizations to receive the 2008 Fast Company Social Capital Award. Cool!