APR offers real-life work experience to urban young adults; Year Up helps fill strong hiring demand
Alain Pinel Realtors (APR), the fifth largest residential real estate firm in the United States, partnered with Year Up, who provides young adults with skills and experience, and connects them with employers, by offering two young San Jose graduates the opportunity to fulfill their dream of starting a professional career. Chelsea Wester and Greg Kinnicutt will be based in APR’s offices in Saratoga, working as Computer Support Technicians.
“Year Up’s a remarkable organization helping young adults enter the competitive marketplace and secure meaningful employment,” said Tom Flanagan, Vice President of Technology for APR. “With Chelsea Wester and Greg Kinnicut, APR benefits from their technical knowledge and talents, and in turn, they have the opportunity to work in Silicon Valley with the 5th largest residential real estate firm in the country. APR’s collaboration with Year Up is a true win-win.”
APR is one of the first major real estate companies that have hired Year Up alumni for technical roles in the Bay Area.
“It is through partnership with innovative industry leading companies like Alain Pinel Realtors that we are able to make a difference. The staff has been a pleasure to work with and we know that our alumni will thrive here,” said Autumn Andrews, Year Up Corporate Engagement and Alumni Success Specialist. “This opportunity is a huge first step on their path to success. We appreciate the support of Alain Pinel Realtors in helping us close the Opportunity Divide.”
Wester and Kinnicutt will be responsible for APR’s computer and mobile technical support, assisting agents and managers in person, online, and by phone. Support includes installing new applications/software, deploying computers and solving technical difficulties.
Wester recently finished her technical internship at eBay and Kinnicutt at Cisco. Both new hires live in San Jose.
Year Up’s 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. Year Up achieves this mission through a high support, high expectation model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, internships and college credits. Its holistic approach focuses on students’ professional and personal development to place these young adults on a viable path to economic self-sufficiency. Year Up currently serves more than 2,100 students a year at sites in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Providence, San Francisco Bay Area, the National Capital Region, and Puget Sound (Seattle). To learn more, visit http://www.YEARUP.ORG or http://www.YOUTUBE.COM/YEARUPINC.