Case | HBS Case Collection | June 2008 (Revised February 2011)

Year Up: A Social Entrepreneur Builds High Performance

by Allen S Grossman and Naomi Greckol-Herlich


Year Up, a nonprofit job-skills training program for low-income, urban youth has run four successful programs in four cities for the past seven years. Now, after an ambitious capital campaign, the organization is poised to grow into a national program in an attempt to reach the 4.3 million disconnected youth in the United States, but will the organization be able to maintain high-quality results as it goes to scale?

Keywords: Social Entrepreneurship; Growth Management; Quality; Nonprofit Organizations; United States;


Grossman, Allen S., and Naomi Greckol-Herlich. "Year Up: A Social Entrepreneur Builds High Performance." Harvard Business School Case 308-032, June 2008. (Revised February 2011.)