Scaling Up to Close the Opportunity Divide for Low-Income Youth: A Case Study of the Year Up Program (July 2016)

This paper discusses the experiences of and lessons learned from scaling up the Year Up program, a one-year program for low-income 18-25 year olds with a high school diploma.

Year Up reached its current scale by embracing an ambitious three-pronged scaling agenda, which included:

  • expanding the “core” program,
  • launching an adaptation in community college settings, and
  • leveraging its direct service models to influence change in wider policies and systems.

Year Up is one of nine sites in the Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) study. The paper draws on data gathered through the PACE implementation study.

Fein, David (2016). Scaling Up to Close the Opportunity Divide for Low-Income Youth: A Case Study of the Year Up Program. OPRE Report #2016-55, Washington, D.C.: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.