State Of The Union – Social Mobility Expert Available to Comment

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Expert Alert: Gerald Chertavian, Founder and CEO of the non-profit Year Up (recently featured on 60 Minutes)

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Year Up works by providing urban young adults with marketable skills — both technical and professional — as well as critical access to real opportunities and a professional network. -Gerald Chertavian

Year Up Founder and CEO Gerald Chertavian is available to discuss issues surrounding social mobility and inequality as addressed in the State of the Union on Tuesday, January 28.

Year Up was profiled in a 60 Minutes segment on January 26 as an effective workforce-training program that catapults urban young adults from poverty to the middle class in just one year. More than 250 corporate partners, including American Express, Bank of America, Facebook and JPMorgan Chase, use Year Up as a pipeline of highly motivated and skilled talent.

“Year Up works by providing urban young adults with marketable skills — both technical and professional — as well as critical access to real opportunities and a professional network,” said Chertavian.

Eighty-five percent of Year Up graduates are employed or in college full-time within four months of completing the program, and earn $15/hour (or $30,000/year) on average.

About Year Up Inc.
Year Up's mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban 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 currently serves more than 1,900 students a year at sites in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Providence, San Francisco Bay Area, the National Capital Region, and Puget Sound (Seattle). To learn more, visit http://www.yearup.org or http://www.youtube.com/yearupinc.

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