Evaluating Year Up’s Programs for Young Adults
- Millions of young adults face limited economic opportunities.
- Abt is evaluating Year Up’s original and next-generation programs.
- Year Up’s original program generated large, sustained increases in earnings.
Prospects for young adults without postsecondary credentials have steadily worsened in recent decades. With few chances at well-paying jobs, millions give up on school and withdraw from the labor force. Helping low-skilled young adults access training that can increase earnings and meet employers’ pressing workforce needs is a critical goal for policymakers, training providers, and employers.
Abt is evaluating successive generations of Year Up—a national program for young adults aged 18-24 with high school credentials. The full-time program provides six months of technical training and supports followed by six-month internships with major firms. For the Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) study, Abt is evaluating Year Up’s original program via a large randomized controlled trial (RCT). In related work, Abt is studying newer Year Up approaches such as the college-based Professional Training Corps (PTC).