Year Up Founder and CEO Gerald Chertavian Leads HubWeek Opening Session on Closing the Opportunity Divide

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Chertavian will discuss how Year Up has created pathways to success for tens of thousands of young adults, and how organizations can work together to create inclusive communities across the United States.

“Pursuit is a critical aspect of Year Up – as we pursue more inclusive communities and hiring practices, our students are pursuing meaningful careers and the chance to redefine what talent looks like and where it comes from,” said Chertavian

Continuing to drive systems change to create more pathways towards higher education and meaningful employment for young adults, the national nonprofit Year Up announced that Founder and CEO Gerald Chertavian will lead the opening session of HubWeek’s 2019 Fall Festival around the theme of “Pursuit.”

The talk will take place at 12:40 pm on October 1st at the Seaport, and will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by Natalia Urtubey, Director of Small Business in the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development.

Launched in Boston in 2000 with a class of 22 students, Year Up has since opened campuses in 25 cities across the United States. The program partners with forward-thinking community colleges and top companies to provide underserved young adults—talented and motivated young people ages 18-24 who are disconnected from the economic mainstream and often stuck in low-skills, low-wage, low-opportunity jobs, if employed at all—with the skills, support and experience they need to launch careers in business and IT.

“Pursuit is a critical aspect of Year Up – as we pursue more inclusive communities and hiring practices, our students are pursuing meaningful careers and the chance to redefine what talent looks like and where it comes from,” said Chertavian. “Working with our community college and corporate partners, and thanks to the hard work, grit and determination of our young adults, we’ve built the most successful workforce development program in the 21st century. Now, the challenge – and opportunity – is to take what we know and scale it at an unprecedented rate to ensure that every young adult in the U.S. is seen as an asset rather than an economic liability.”

Last summer, a federally-sponsored evaluation of Year Up showed a 53% increase in initial earnings for young adults randomly assigned to Year Up compared with similar young adults in a control group—the largest impacts on earnings reported to date for a workforce program tested in a randomized controlled trial.

About Year Up

Year Up is an award-winning, national 501(c)3 organization that enables motivated young adults ages 18-24 to move from minimum wage to meaningful careers in just one year by providing the skills, experience, and support they need to reach their full potential.Through a one-year, intensive program, Year Up utilizes a high-expectations, high-support model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, coursework eligible for college credit, and corporate internships at more than 250 top companies. Its holistic approach focuses on students' professional and personal development to enable young adults with a viable path to economic self-sufficiency and meaningful careers. Year Up has served more than 26,000 young adults since its founding in 2000, and will serve more than 4,700 young adults in 2019 across 25 U.S. cities including Arizona, Baltimore, Bay Area, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Greater Atlanta, Greater Boston, Greater Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, the National Capital Region, New York City/Jersey City, Puget Sound, Rhode Island, South Florida, Tampa Bay, and Wilmington. Year Up has been voted one of the “Best Non-Profits to Work For” by The NonProfit Times for eight consecutive years, and rated a 4-star charity by CharityNavigator for twelve consecutive years, placing them in the top 1% of tracked organizations.

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About HubWeek

HubWeek is a creativity and innovation festival, and a first-of-its-kind civic collaboration between The Boston Globe, Harvard University, MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital. Since HubWeek launched in 2014, the festival has had a major impact on the city of Boston, collaborating with over 730 organizations from Boston and beyond, including 400+ startups, 71 artists and 56 non-profits. HubWeek's mission is to convene, celebrate and showcase the most creative and inventive changemakers in art, science and technology making an impact in Greater Boston and across the globe.

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