Year Up's Founder Chertavian Discusses “The Future of Work: Opportunity, Threat or Both” with Northeastern University's President Aoun and MIT's Professor Ton

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Discussion will focus on how to prepare young adults for employment, invest in employees and ensure companies can stay competitive in a world of AI and increasing automation

“The nonprofit, public and private sectors need to work together to better prepare young adults for the jobs of the future – jobs that provide opportunities for advancement and a sense of fulfillment." - Gerald Chertavian, Year Up Founder and CEO

The workforce training nonprofit Year Up announced today that its Founder and CEO, Gerald Chertavian, will participate in a panel discussion on “The Future of Work: Opportunity, Threat or Both” today at 6:30 pm at WBUR CitySpace, 890 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston.

Joseph E. Aoun, President of Northeastern University and author of "Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence" and Zeynep Ton, Professor at MIT Sloan School of Management, co-founder and president of the nonprofit Good Jobs institute, and author of "The Good Jobs Strategy: How the Smartest Companies Invest in Employees to Lower Costs & Boost Profits” will join Chertavian to discuss the challenges of an equitable and productive workforce in a world of rapidly increasing inequality, automation and education costs.

“As we think about jobs of the future, we need to begin with company practices of today,” said Ton. “The companies that will adapt to changing technology and customer expectations are those with systems that maximize the motivation, productivity, and contribution of all of their employees.”

The panel will examine real life cases, including how Year Up’s demand-driven model provides employers with the skilled, motivated talent they need while ensuring young adults can access meaningful careers at top companies.

“The nonprofit, public and private sectors need to work together to better prepare young adults for the jobs of the future – jobs that provide opportunities for advancement and a sense of fulfillment,” said Chertavian. “President Aoun and Professor Ton have done extensive research into how colleges and companies can innovate to ensure a thriving workforce. Programs like Year Up show that progress is possible and that we can provide economic opportunity for all people in our society. I’m glad to have partners in the movement for social and economic justice.”

Last year, 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.

The event is open to the public, with tickets available for purchase here.

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 24,000 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, 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 Charity Navigator for twelve consecutive years, placing them in the top 1% of tracked organizations.

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