As our network of talented and motivated alumni continues to grow, Year Up Professional Resources (YUPRO) is a key partner in providing essential support to Year Up graduates through long-term career advancement opportunities, ongoing coaching and training, and professional resources. Simultaneously, as a socially responsible alternative to traditional hiring methods, YUPRO provides corporate partners with a source of top talent often overlooked by traditional hiring practices.

First launched in 2014, YUPRO has proven to be a resounding success and an invaluable extension of our program. Over its three years of operation, YUPRO has provided career guidance and resources to more than 3,000 Year Up Alumni and supported more than 500 alumni in finding jobs. In 2017, YUPRO held 3,900 one-on-one coaching sessions and supported more than 185 Year Up graduates in finding employment, with those alumni earning an impressive average wage of $23.40 per hour. When compared to the industry average, job assignments for Year Up graduates were three times as long, with more than 70% of assignments resulting in extension or conversion to full-time hire. Not only are our graduates advancing their careers and earning higher wages, they are acquiring the professional skills necessary to meet the evolving needs of the corporate workplace. With an impressive 94% satisfaction rate, participating corporate partners praise the top-quality candidates, high-touch service, and thought partnership YUPRO offers in support of their talent goals.

YUPRO Success Story


Alberto Irizarry

I am a graduate of Year Up Rhode Island. My experience with JSC and YUPRO was amazing. It was extremely helpful, and I couldn’t have been paired with a better coach. Elizabeth Durigan was my coach throughout the process and she truly is a great person. She was always there for me and listened to everything I had to say. Whenever I was discouraged, she would change my mood and tell me that everything was going to be fine because of the support system I have. Not only was she a great coach, but I truly felt that her help was genuine. She cared about me and helped me through the tough times. I recently had a loss which effected my work and had me second guessing everything in life. As soon as I met Elizabeth and shared my story she supported me and saw so much potential in me that I couldn’t see. She encouraged me to do better, not only for myself, but for my family as well. I really took everything she said to heart and am proud to say that I was hired right before our final session. Not to mention, I now have a great friend who believes in me after it all. I just wanted to say thank you to Elizabeth for always being there and never giving up on me. She always went above and beyond throughout my job search and helped me get my life back on track. I am and will always be grateful for Year Up and YUPRO for never giving up on me and showing me that no matter what happens in life, there is always a bright light at the end of the tunnel if I don’t give up on myself. I recommend the YUPRO Job Search Program to every alum and am positive that everyone who goes through the program will reach their goals!