A Year Up: How A Pioneering Program Teaches Young Adults Real Skills For Real Jobs With Real Success by Gerald Chertavian describes how his innovative program is providing hope for disadvantaged young people to move from joblessness to employment within a year. Gerald Chertavian is the founder and CEO of the Year Up program.
Year Up is an intensive year long program that offers poor people training and development, mentors, intern positions, and real jobs at the end of the program. The program operates successfully in nine cities across the United States.
Program participants also earn up to 23 paid-for college credits. Some graduates look forward to making up to $300 thousand dollars a year in state of the art computer maintenance positions. All graduates are enthusiastic about what they learned and their prospects for obtaining a college education and permanent employment.
According to the author, the program teaches core values like respect, accountability, engendering trust, working hard, and having fun. One intern, Devon, is depicted translating German to English on the internet for UBS, stationed in New Jersey. There are many other success stories provided in the presentation.
These stories have tremendous relevance for today because the United States lags in college graduates although we were once a leader in this area. In addition, the racial wealth gap quadrupled. Many parents die young in poor neighborhoods, newborn children are lost and unsupported, there are avoidable random shootings, and many are lost to foreign wars.
A Year Up is a wonderful program worthy of emulation across the United States and elsewhere.