QUINCY, Mass., March 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Boston Financial Data Services, Inc., a leading financial services outsourcing provider, announced that Melanie Schnelle has been awarded Outstanding Manager by Year Up. A non-profit organization operating in cities across the U.S., Year Up has a mission of closing the opportunity divide by providing young adults with a combination of hands-on skill development and corporate internships. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121217/CG30774LOGO) Melanie's participation in the Year Up program supports Boston Financial's ongoing corporate citizenship initiative. Terry Metzger, chief executive officer of Boston Financial, notes, "We are proud of Melanie's accomplishments with our Year Up interns. Making a positive difference in our community is an important part of our culture. Boston Financial has long recognized the value of providing all employees with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to build rewarding careers. Through Year Up, we can extend this mission into the young urban community. We wholeheartedly support Melanie, and look forward to continuing our partnership with the Year Up organization." Founded in 2000, Year Up's vision is that in the future, every urban young adult will have access to the education, experiences, and guidance required to realize his or her true potential. Its holistic approach focuses on students' personal and professional development in order to place these young adults on a viable path to economic self-sufficiency. "Year Up is not a hand out, it's a hand up," notes Casey Recupero, Executive Director Year Up Boston. "By providing access to education and careers, we are helping young adults achieve economic justice, which in turn helps U.S. businesses achieve economic prosperity." Recognizing Melanie as Outstanding Manager, Recupero said, "We'd particularly like to thank Melanie for her efforts. She models respect, dedication and success through hard work. Through her efforts, several Boston Financial Year Up interns have transitioned into full-time employees."