As the Boston-based Housing Partnership Network (HPN) has grown over the past several years, the need for increased capacity on the Information Systems (IS) team has emerged. In 2014, the organization launched an innovative partnership with Year Up, to gain access to a previously untapped source of skilled, driven, and diverse young people to meet its talent needs.

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"In looking to fill our Information Systems positions, our traditional hiring process proved to be costly and time intensive. For a fraction of that cost, our relationship with Year Up has given us access to a pool of driven candidates with the necessary technical skills. Forward-thinking organizations should aim to partner with organizations like Year Up for organizations to meet their demand for IS expertise and prepare for the workforce of the future, which is younger, more diverse, and trained for success outside of the traditional educational path."
Sherry Burton, Senior Associate, Human Resources and Office Management

The Challenge

During a recent period of organizational growth, HPN had a need for new talent on its Information Systems team. HR leaders were motivated to find a solution that would help HPN build a workforce that reflects the communities they serve.

The Solution

HPN’s partnership with Year Up gave it access to a pool of technically trained, professional, and diverse program graduates, who were interviewed for an entry-level role on the IS team. From this pool of candidates, IS team leaders selected a young man for a part-time role, who has since become a full-time, permanent member of the team.

The Outcome