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Location: New York and Philadelphia
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Year founded: 2000
Number of employees: 875+. (90 in NYC; 30 in Philadelphia)

Year Up is an award-winning, national 501(c)3 organization that enables motivated young adults, ages 18-24, to move from minimum wage to meaningful careers in just one year, by providing the skills, experience, and support they need to reach their full potential.

Through a one-year, intensive program, Year Up utilizes a high expectations, high support model where students spend the first six months learning in-demand technical and professional skills, focusing on one of five career pathways, before applying their skills during a six-month corporate internship with a top company. Throughout the program, students earn an educational stipend, and complete coursework eligible for college credits.

Year Up has served more than 21,500 young adults since its founding in 2000, and will serve more than 4,000 young adults in 2018 nationwide. Year Up currently serves 24 U.S. cities across 17 markets, including Arizona, Baltimore, Bay Area, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Greater Atlanta, Greater Boston, Greater Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, the National Capital Region, New York City, Puget Sound, Rhode Island, South Florida, Tampa Bay, and Wilmington. 90% of Year Up graduates are employed and/or enrolled in postsecondary education within four months of program completion and employed graduates earn an average starting salary of $38,000 per year. 

Year Up has been voted one of the “Best Nonprofits to Work For” by The NonProfit Times for eight consecutive years, and rated a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator for twelve consecutive years, placing them in the top 1% of tracked organizations.


Year Up is hosting two FAO Schwarz Fellowships—one in New York and one in Philadelphia. Both the Philadelphia and NYC Fellows will interact with students as an advisor, group facilitator, and advocate, participating in creating and sustaining a positive educational environment, with trust among students and staff. Project work for each of the Fellowship is described below.

  • Be an active member of a Learning Community of around 40 students and 10 staff members, learning and delivering core elements of the program and supporting students and staff as necessary.
  • Participate in and co-facilitate interactive group exercises that foster experiential learning.
  • Provide students with meaningful training sessions to prepare them for successful careers.
  • Advise and mentor a small team of students.

The Philadelphia Fellow will serve in an external relations role. The Fellow will:

  • Contribute to plan and execute both short and long-range Board development, communications and engagement plans. Direct and design events to raise awareness of Year Up Greater Philadelphia Board, mentor and volunteer opportunities.
  • Target potential Board members, volunteers, mentors and partners based upon Year Up’s needs and the unique assets of particular individuals, corporations, civic and non-profit organizations.
  • Communicate and promote Year Up successful strategic partnerships and stories to existing Board members, strategic partners and the Greater Philadelphia community.
  • Leverage all resources and existing communications channels at Year Up Greater Philadelphia in generating long term strategies to recruit and retain Year Up Greater Philadelphia Board members, volunteers, alumni, mentors and strategic partners.

The New York Fellow will serve in a communications role generating long-term strategies to retain and engage our current students and alumni. The Fellow will:

  • Measure student preparedness and effectiveness of Career Development classes through evaluation of rubrics completed by volunteers during resume reviews, mock interviews, and presentations by volunteers.
  • Meet with Students of Concern with Program Managers to understand support he/she needs to thrive and be successful in the program.
  • In conjunction with the local alumni board, collaborate on strategic initiatives and projects to engage and mobilize Year Up New York alumni in furthering our mission and work within our market.
  • Engage with Alumni Advisory Council comprised of HR Executives from top corporate partners that host Year Up New York interns to develop reports and strategies to gauge alumni success post-program and career progression.

Applicants must be college seniors at the time of application and be eligible to work in the United States for the duration of the two-year Fellowship.

For more about what we are seeking, please see What We’re Looking For.

Please send a resume and a cover letter to talentrecruitment@yearup.org by February 15, 2019 expressing your interest in working at Year Up, which Fellowship you are interested in, and your reasons for applying for the FAO Schwarz Fellowship.

In your cover letter, please include your responses to the following questions:

Question 1: Why are you interested in being apart of the FAO Schwarz Fellowship?

Question 2: Why are you interested in applying for the FAO Schwarz Fellowship position at this organization?

Question 3: What background and experiences would you bring to the direct service and special project work at this organization?

We review each application carefully and will select our Fellow by April 30th. Thanks for your interest.