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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gerald Chertavian Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. Eighty-five 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “A must-read account of the origins and growth of Year Up, a groundbreaking employment program.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Deb | 11/29/2012

    " Love the concept of this school/work program for urban youth. Hated his writing style - so dry! Probably a great read if you're thinking of starting your own non-profit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lini | 9/14/2012

    " I would give the Year Up program 5 stars, the book only 3. Still I would recommend it. The program sounds pretty amazing. It has really given so many talented disadvantaged youths the skills and support to change their lives. "

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