Year Up National Capital Region Announces New Executive Director

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Guylaine Saint Juste appointed to lead Year Up’s growing presence in Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland

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As Year Up NCR continues to expand, Guy will ensure that young adults continue to have access to meaningful careers — and that top employers continue to have access to the talent they need to grow.

Continuing to scale its innovative and effective approach to job training, Year Up National Capital Region (NCR) announced today its new Executive Director, Guylaine Saint Juste. Ms. Saint Juste will be responsible for the National Capital Region site in Arlington as well as the recently launched site on the Woodbridge Campus of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). She will welcome Year Up NCR Class 20 on their first day of classes.

Previously, Ms. Saint Juste served as the Virginia Market Executive and a Senior Vice President at Capital One. Prior to Capital One, she served as a Senior Vice President at SunTrust Bank for their Retail Administration and Commercial Division in the Greater Washington Area.

“Guy is an inspiring, dedicated leader who knows how to motivate others and drive real change,” said Gerald Chertavian, Year Up Founder and CEO. “As Year Up NCR continues to expand, Guy will ensure that young adults continue to have access to meaningful careers — and that top employers continue to have access to the talent they need to grow.”

Ms. Saint Juste currently serves on the Board of Directors for DC Goodwill, Fairfax County YMCA, the Community Coalition for Haiti, and is a founding Board Co-Chair of George Mason University School of Business Women’s Business Initiative. She was President and co-founder of the Women’s Alliance for Financial Education and has served on the Board of Directors for Community Business Partnership and Adventure Theatre, and was Chair of the Board of Prince William County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

“I’m honored and excited to build on Year Up NCR’s success,” said Ms. Saint Juste. “My grandmother, who started a girl’s school in Haiti, has always inspired me to have an impact on my community. As Executive Director of Year Up NCR, I look forward to helping young people reach their full potential through professional careers and higher education.”

Year Up NCR, one of thirteen Year Up sites in the U.S., was launched in 2006 to serve young adults in the Greater Washington area, providing them with technical, professional and communication skills in areas including information technology and financial operations. Students can earn college credits for completing their coursework during the first six months of the program, and then go on to participate in a six-month internship at a corporate partner such as NASA, Hilton, AOL and Capital One.

Year Up NCR currently serves 280 young adults from Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland, and is expanding to serve 400 per year by the end of 2016. Nationwide, 85 percent Year Up graduates are attending college full-time or employed within four months of completing the program, with average starting salaries of $32,000/year. Learn more about Year Up National Capital Region by following us on Twitter @YearUpNCR and on Facebook.

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 2,700 students a year at sites in Arizona, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Jacksonville, the National Capital Region, New York City, Philadelphia, Providence, Puget Sound, San Francisco Bay Area, and South Florida. To learn more, visit http://www.yearup.org or http://www.youtube.com/yearupinc.

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