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A Year Up: How a Pioneering Program Teaches Young Adults Real Skills for Real Jobs—With Real Success Hardcover – July 19, 2012


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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult; First Edition edition (July 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670023779
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670023776
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #810,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A must-read account of the origins and growth of Year Up, a groundbreaking employment program.  -Kirkus Reviews

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.


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Gerald Chertavian is the Founder and CEO of Year Up, a non-profit organization that provides a one-year, intensive training program for urban young adults ages 18-24.

Gerald is dedicated to closing the Opportunity Divide that exists in our nation. Determined to make his vision a reality, Gerald combined his entrepreneurial skills and his passion for working with urban young adults to found Year Up in 2000.

Gerald's commitment to working with urban youth spans more than 25 years. He has actively participated in the Big Brother mentoring program since 1985 and was recognized as one of New York's outstanding Big Brothers in 1989. The recipient of the 2003 Social Entrepreneurship Award by the Manhattan Institute and the 2005 Freedom House Archie R. Williams, Jr. Technology Award, Gerald has been featured in many publications, including Time Magazine, Fortune Small Business, BusinessWeek, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, US News & World Report, Fox Business and Newsweek. In 2007, Gerald was elected as a Fellow with the Ashoka Global Fellowship of social entrepreneurs for his innovative approach to social change.

In 2008, Gerald was appointed by Massachusetts' Governor Deval Patrick to serve on the MA State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. In addition, 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 doctorate of humane letters degrees from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and Mt. Ida College.

Gerald earned a B.A. in Economics, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, from Bowdoin College and an M.B.A., with honors, from Harvard Business School. He began his career on Wall Street as an officer of the Chemical Banking Corporation and then moved on to become the head of marketing at Transnational Financial Services in London. Gerald co-founded Conduit Communications in 1993 and fostered its growth to $20M in annual revenues and more than 130 employees in London, Amsterdam, New York and Boston. From 1993 to 1998, Conduit ranked as one of England's fastest growing companies. Following the sale of Conduit to i-Cube in 1999, Gerald turned his full attention to opportunities for others.

A national model for social change, the Year Up program gives companies a cost-effective solution for recruiting entry-level employees, while providing young adults with the essential "stepladder" for success. Results are excellent with 85% of graduates placed in positions that average more than $15/hour within four months of graduation. The program will serve more than 1,500 students in 2012 with sites in Atlanta, Boston, Providence, New York City, Washington DC, San Francisco, Chicago and soon Seattle. Year Up works with more than 100 corporate partners, including AOL, Bank of America, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Boston Medical Center, CVS/pharmacy, Digitas, Dunkin Brands, Fidelity Investments, Freddie Mac, Google, JPMorgan Chase, Partners HealthCare, and State Street Corporation.

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Once you pick it up, it will be difficult to put down.
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A Year Up is an inspiring read of the stories, experiences, and challenges that make up Year Up's efforts towards bridging the opportunity divide in our nation.
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A must read for the innovators and designers of our educational system and corporate leaders.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By MLFields on July 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
A really unique book that weaves together stories about young people "overcoming the odds," a businessman trying to make a tangible difference in the world, a workforce development program that actually works, and an effective "all hands on deck" approach to (higher)education reform that brings together individuals, businesses, nonprofits, philanthropy and government. I found this book to be a great mix of head and heart--I was touched by the humanness of the stories the students shared and I was equally inspired by how much sense Year Up makes. Chertavian really lays out a map, through writing about the program he founded, for how we might fix some major problems in the US. A Year Up also gives a great, accessible overview of the growing skills gap in the US and how it relates to social mobility and educational opportunity.

Definitely worth a read. It offers fresh and refreshing perspective.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Diana M. Smith on July 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
A Year Up will change how you think and hopefully what you do about the growing opportunity divide in this country. Chertavian never rails against the rich; he simply roots for those on the other side of the divide. In his new book and through his organization of the same name, he harnesses the stories of young people--long considered disconnected--to illustrate their drive, potential, talent, resilience, and hope. In a nation eager for talent yet unable to cultivate it, Chertavian shows us how, by offering young folks a Year Up--something middle and upper class kids take for granted--we can close the opportunity divide and meet our nation's growing need for a more skilled workforce. He does this by giving you a front row seat to two groups of kids in New York City over the course of their year up. I couldn't put the book down; the stories are spell-binding, moving, and transforming. If you read only one book this summer, this is the one to read. If you recommend only one book, this is the one to recommend.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
'A Year Up' offers a program for young adults Training mentorship, internship, and real jobs. Most graduates are employed within four months. In addition, the program also offers a class following graduation in which the graduate could share their experience about the program. Comprehensive, Interesting, and a very useful guide that's very much needed with today's economy. Highly Recommended!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MKM on July 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Don't judge this book by its goofy, business-y cover. It will change the way you think about young people - and the way you read news articles about poverty, education, workforce development, and almost everything connected to social justice in America. The student stories are heartbreaking and inspiring, and you will feel a pit in your stomach when you read many of them. Through them, Chertavian shows our country at its worst and its best. This is a must-read and you should move it to the top of your list.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MSarasohn on July 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
A Year Up is an inspiration. Told through the words of the both the author, a former businessman who founded Year Up, and the Year Up students themselves, I was inspired by seeing what one man can accomplish and the impact that we all can have on each other's lives. The American Dream is attainable for some, but for so many others who grew up on the "wrong side of the tracks", it is still a distant dream. How can we expect our youth to succeed when most livable wage jobs require connections and a college degree, and college costs what their family makes in a year? The American Dream tells us that if one wants something enough, they will find a way to make it happen, but A Year Up shows us the other side of the story and the real challenges that our youth face when it comes to college and job access, through their voices. The author shows us that we can all do something to make a difference. Whether it is starting an organization, or mentoring a young adult, we CAN make a difference and change lives. There is so much to learn from this book. It is a must read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SEH on July 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Having worked at Year Up for almost six years, I truly stand behind Year Up's mission and have personally witnessed the incredible impact our program is having on talented young adults in our country. Reading A Year Up provided me with yet another lens through which to assess our work, and to feel thankful for the opportunity to play a role in changing the lives of committed, hardworking young adults. For years I've tried in vain to effectively share with my family and friends bits and pieces of the powerful work we do. This book finally allows me a way to truly share the challenges, the successes, the emotions and the program model that means so much to me personally. I will encourage everyone I know to read this. It shares the stories of some of our students, but it also tells the business story behind our success, and it's a story very well told.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patty on July 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Year Up is an amazing testament to the strength and drive of inner city youth who take advantage of an opportunity that empowers them to change their lives. I love that most of the book is about the story of the youths and how they have fought back from a world of social injustice to reach for employment that enables them to achieve a living wage and the ability to pursue the American dream.
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