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Year Up, Inc.

Fair Chance Hiring -- Criminal History Expungement

Help us close the Opportunity Divide and empower justice-involved young adults to find meaningful careers

Posted September 30, 2019

Year Up works to close the Opportunity Divide by providing young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. We achieve this mission through a high support, high expectation model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, internships, and college credits. Our holistic approach focuses on students’ professional and personal development to place these young adults on a viable path to economic self-sufficiency. An invaluable part of our program involves placing our young adults on full-time internships at amazing companies across the country. This is where our students continue to grow in their professional and technical skills. However, if a student has a criminal background, then internship placement can become much more difficult, and their post-graduation career opportunities may be severely limited. As a part of our high support model, we offer assistance to students who may be eligible to have their previous criminal history sealed or expunged. Working across the country in 14 states, we hope to become more familiar with the process of criminal history expungement for each location in which we operate so that we will be better able to assist our young adults and make sure that they get both the internships and future jobs that they work so hard to achieve. We are looking for someone to compile research on the process for expungement and the legal requirements for each of the fourteen (14) states in which we offer our program. This research will help Year Up to ameliorate this burden for our students so they can focus on their education, be placed at an internship best suited to their skills, and be excited about planning for their future. If you are interested in our work and supporting us with this important research, please click “Volunteer.” If selected as a volunteer, Year Up will be in touch about next steps shortly after. If you would like to learn more about our work, please check out our website at www.yearup.org.

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Additional Information

  • Time Commitment: 21+ hours
  • Training Provided: No
  • Site-Preference: Remote
  • Bar License(s) required: Any Bar License
  • Required Languages: None
  • Mentoring Provided: No
  • Supervision Provided: Yes
Year Up, Inc.

Year Up has a vision that in the future, every young adult will be able to reach their potential. Our mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. We achieve this mission through a high support, high expectation model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, internships and college credits. Our holistic approach focuses on students' professional and personal development to place young adults on a viable path to economic self-sufficiency.

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