Spotlight

YUPRO Starts up in Boston!

Boston Bank

May 1st marks the first day of business for YUPRO in Boston and people could not be more excited. The concept of a professional placement and career support organization for ALL Year Up alumni has been on the minds of its graduates, staff members and business professionals who have worked with Year Up for years. Casey Recupero, Year Up Boston’s Executive Director, can attest to discussions of how this type of offering would be beneficial to all Year Up stakeholders. In a recent Employer Champion Meeting, Recupero introduced YUPRO to the 16 human resource members present. Many shared success stories of interns and graduates, while others moved quickly into sharing how hiring managers often say that “they” are the ones who received the real benefit of the internship experience.

“The significance for me,” stated one attendee, “is that we can work with a familiar and successful model beyond the internship and into the real world of work. The fact that profits will be returned for programs that further the development of Year Up Alumni is a no brainer for us.  We just need to work internally to determine how to best move forward.”  All of the organizations represented around the table that day had experienced hiring Year Up graduates in either contract or permanent positions after graduation.  If this influential group is any indicator of the general population, YUPRO’s launch into the marketplace will be a great success!

YUPRO is the right idea at the right time.  We can’t wait to introduce Year Up graduates and employers alike to this terrific new partner here in Boston!”

~Casey Recupero, Executive Director, Boston



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