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

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

"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 foour US presidents

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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; 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
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #589,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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 9
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,
new born children are lost and unsupported, there are avoidable
random shootings and many are lost to foreign wars.
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