Washington, D.C. Businesses, Media Leaders, and Celebrities Come Together to Network for Job Opportunities and Support Year Up National Capital Region

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“A Night at the Huxley” Event to Provide Resources and Networks for Disadvantaged Young Adults

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This event will create opportunities to broaden our champions and student network, providing even more deserving young adults with the opportunity to attain successful careers in IT.

Major businesses, media, and local celebrities are supporting Year Up National Capital Region’s innovative and effective program to increase
career opportunities and wages for disadvantaged young adults during “A Night at The Huxley,” an exciting event taking place at The Huxley, 1730 M Street NW, from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Nelson Enterprise Technology Solutions (NETS) is the premier sponsor. WAMU 88.5 is serving as the official media sponsor. Other sponsors include Uber, Mercedes-Benz of Silver Spring, Microsoft DreamSpark, DLA Piper of Washington D.C., and Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University. Local celebrities are lending their support, with Adimu Colon of MAJIC 102.3 broadcasting live from the event and Miss Black DC serving as the official emcee. When asked about her participation, she noted that, “as an advocate for urban development, I am excited to partner with this event and create awareness for Year Up's vision and initiatives."

The event will provide a unique opportunity to further individual career prospects with some of the area’s best professional minds while making a difference in the short and long-term career prospects of deserving disconnected youth in the area. The capstone of the evening is speaker Dr. Carl Mack, Executive Director of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Known as one of the country’s most engaging advocates for talented, disadvantaged youth, he is returning to support Year Up NCR after serving as keynote speaker for their most recent graduation with over 1,200 in attendance.

Ronda Harris Thompson, Executive Director of Year Up NCR, said, “this event will create opportunities to broaden our champions and student network, providing even more deserving young adults with the opportunity to attain successful careers in IT.”

Donations of new and gently-used business clothing are welcome. Light food and drinks will be served, and music will be provided by a guest DJ. To register, please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/event/7986452695. Sponsorships are still available, and tickets begin at $30.00.

About Year Up National Capital Region
Year Up's mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing low-income young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Year Up achieves this mission through a high support, high expectation model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, internships and college credits. Its holistic approach focuses on students' professional and personal development to place these young adults on a viable path to economic self-sufficiency. Year Up National Capital Region currently serves more than 240 students a year. To learn more, visit http://www.yearup.org/ncr.

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