Year Here is a platform for graduates and young professionals who want to build smart solutions to entrenched social problems.
Unlike a traditional Master's degree, Year Here is immersive, action-oriented and grounded in the daily experience of those at the frontline of inequality.
Our Fellows try their hand at building creative and entrepreneurial responses to social problems, supported by industry mentoring and a rigorous social innovation curriculum.
We run two programmes per year, kicking off in February and September. You can apply for both the Spring and Autumn 2017 programmes during the current recruitment window.
Year Here was launched in March 2013 and, since then, has run five programmes for 79 Fellows who have collectively volunteered 50,000 hours in frontline services – including homeless shelters, care leavers' services and pupil referral units.
We've helped launch 18 social ventures including:
- Birdsong - a fashion brand selling clothes handcrafted by women’s groups – from elderly knitters to migrant seamstresses – with a ‘no sweatshops, no photoshop’ ethos
- Fat Macy’s - a roving restaurant that trains homeless Londoners to run supper clubs, with profits going into a savings scheme helping them raise a deposit for their first flat
- Cracked It - a training programme for young people who are involved in gangs or are at risk of school exclusion to fix cracked iPhones, as an entrepreneurial route away from gang crime
Our ventures have been backed by Nesta, The Observer, Ashoka, UnLtd, Bethnal Green Ventures and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. They’ve collectively generated £500,000 revenue and reached over 1000 beneficiaries – from gang members and homeless teens to isolated older people and refugee women.
Year Here is a social enterprise; meaning that we are a company that exists to bring about positive change in society rather than to maximise shareholder profits.