The inspiring story of a pioneering program that is redefining urban young adults as economic assets, not deficits
During Gerald Chertavian’s many years as a Big Brother, the former technology entrepreneur realized that our nation’s "Opportunity Divide" strands millions of young, disadvantaged, yet motivated workers at the bottom of the job ladder. In 2000, Chertavian dedicated his life to closing that divide and Year Up was born.
Year Up is an intensive program that offers low income young adults training, mentorship, internships, and ultimately real jobs—often with Fortune 500 companies. 85 percent of program graduates are employed or in full-time college within four months of graduation. Today, Year Up serves more than 1,300 students in nine cities across the nation.
Following a Year Up class from admissions through graduation, A Year Up lets students share—in their own words—the challenges, failures, and personal successes they’ve experienced during their program year. This deeply moving and inspirational story also explains Chertavian’s philosophy and the program’s genesis, offering a road map for real change in our country and a beacon for young adults who want the opportunity to enter the economic mainstream.
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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
A Message from the Author 341
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.