A Year Up: How A Pioneering Program Teaches Young Adults Real Skills For Real Jobs With Real Success

A Year Up: How A Pioneering Program Teaches Young Adults Real Skills For Real Jobs With Real Success

by Gerald Chertavian

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ISBN-13: 9781101583739
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/19/2012
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,224,130
File size: 732 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Gerald Chertavian is the founder and CEO of Year Up. He serves on the boards of Bowdoin College, the Boston Foundation, the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative, and the Massachusetts State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. A graduate of Bowdoin College and Harvard Business School, he lives in Boston with his wife and three children.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Honk for Opportunity 1

Chapter 1 "Yo. God. What Are You Doing?" 18

Chapter 2 Brother from Another Zip Code 38

Chapter 3 Why Is He Doing This? 59

Chapter 4 Ping Me … Please? 73

Chapter 5 "You Don't Have a Chance in Hell" 92

Chapter 6 Don't Lose It Now! "7

Chapter 7 Oh, Pioneers! 136

Chapter 8 "Reach and Strive for 2005!" 160

Chapter 9 Guilty by Association 188

Chapter 10 "I'm Having an Intern Moment" 208

Chapter 11 Abdul, in a State of Grace 237

Chapter 12 The Soul of a New Machine 250

Chapter 13 "We Are One Year Up" 279

Chapter 14 "I Think That Woman Saved My Life" 300

Epilogue: Wheels Up for Opportunity 315

Acknowledgments 327

A Message from the Author 341

Notes 343

Index 347

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A Year Up: How A Pioneering Program Teaches Young Adults Real Skills For Real Jobs With Real Success 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Year Up is the story of a program for low income young adults to help them achieve financial and occupational success. Founder and CEO Gerald Chertavian describes the origins of this game-changing program, chronicling the lives of many of the students who have made it through and prospered. It's a great example of a charitable organization teaming up with big corporations to do what's best for the commmunity. I especially enjoyed reading the stories of many of the kids who have risen above difficult circumstances to find their inner strength and drive to succeed. It's at times sad, shocking, and eye-opening. But overall, I would describe it as inspiring. If you enjoy reading real stories about young people who've risen above insecurities to succeed, I'd highly recommend Anthony Youn's "In Stitches." It's a funny, heartwarming, and very highly entertaining story of a young kid who persevered to become a successful doctor.
jakabba More than 1 year ago
A Year Up tells the story about a great program slowly but surely pollinating cities throughout the US. The fact that it is mostly told by the people enrolled in Year Up demonstrates the power of the previously unheard voices. The author does a nice job telling the straight-forward stories these students have. While most of the narratives are from the NY Year Up sites, the dialogues are in reality, from each and every site in the US: Providence, Atlanta, Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, DC, Baltimore. Same heart-wrenching stories different cities.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book only confirms what I already believed - one person's vision can make a difference. I found inspiration in every chapter. As we as a country come to terms with the ever widening talent gap it is refreshing to see that this program (which I wish I had heard of sooner) is looking to the largely untapped pool of talent of those who stand on the wrong side of the opportunity divide. To hear the stories of the students and the story of David and Gerald it makes one wonder why there aren't more programs and leaders like these. Read this book, it's up there with Paul Hawken's Blessed Unrest in it's unyielding optimism that something can be done to incite change in this world. Buy this book and get a few copies for your friends.