A Year Up

A Year Up : Helping Young Adults Move from Poverty to Professional Careers in a Single Year

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"[Chertavian] demonstrates that with hard work and the right supports ... young adults can overcome even the toughest of circumstances."--Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO, Harlem Children's Zone
There are many good jobs in America--and many urban young adults eager to take them--if they can bridge the Opportunity Divide that strands many motivated workers at the bottom of the job ladder.
In 2000, Gerald Chertavian, a successful technology entrepreneur and banker, dedicated his life and business expertise to founding Year Up, an intensive one-year program that provides otherwise stranded young adults with training, mentorship, internships, and ultimately real jobs. Following a single Year Up class from admission through graduation, A Year Up lets students share - in their own words- the challenges, failures, and personal successes they experience during the program. It is the inspiring story of a pioneering program that is bridging the Opportunity Divide, with results that can fuel our economy and revive the American ideal of equal opportunity for all.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 358 pages
  • 138 x 214 x 34mm | 300g
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 014312370X
  • 9780143123705
  • 1,763,740

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-Engaging, with a touch of humor, the book most importantly shows what dedicated people and businesses are doing to make a difference today.---Publishers Weekly
-A must-read account of the origins and growth of Year Up, a groundbreaking employment program...In addition to highlighting his many successes, Chertavian recounts the difficulties students face in rising above difficult, and often brutal, circumstances to keep moving forward. The individuals profiled here are sure to inspire.---Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
-An incredibly engaging, powerful story that brings to life the amazing potential of urban youth and what we must do to empower them to succeed.---Wendy Kopp, CEO and founder, Teach for America
-An inpiring tale of headstrong young people who beat the odds and their journeys from the inner city to college to corporate America.---Kenneth Chenault, chairman and CEO, American Express
-Gerald Chertavian is one of America's leading pioneers for social change. Especially at a time of economic hardship, it is inspiring to read his story abut Year Up, a dynamic social venture that is helping so many young people lift themselves up. I have long believed that social entrpreneurs are at the vanguard of a second civil rights movement--one that again seeks equal opportunity for all of our people.---David Gergen, professor of public service, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government; senior political analyst, CNN; former adviser to four US presidents
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About Gerald Chertavian

Gerald Chertavian is the founder and CEO of Year Up. Gerald's commitment to working with urban youth spans more than 25 years. He is on the Board of Advisors for the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative and is an Emeritus Trustee of Bowdoin College and former Board Member of The Boston Foundation. Gerald has received honorary doctorates from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and Mt. Ida College. He lives in Cambridge with his wife and three children.
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78 ratings
3.91 out of 5 stars
5 28% (22)
4 40% (31)
3 28% (22)
2 3% (2)
1 1% (1)
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