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Social Entrepreneurship: An Evidence-Based Approach to Creating Social Value by Wolfgang Bielefeld, Chao Guo

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chapter FIVE

From Action to Impact

Year Up was founded in 2000 in Boston with an innovative workforce development program to serve disconnected young adults from urban areas. Its premise was that if young adults from urban communities are challenged and supported to learn real job skills and gain hands-on work experience in a corporate environment, they are more likely to get good jobs and go on to college.1 Year Up collaborates with business and educational partners to offer a comprehensive training and educational program. Year Up program includes six months of technical, communication, and professional skills training. Classes are structured so that students can earn college credit for the satisfactory completion of classes. Students then ...

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