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Gerald Chertavian, Founder & CEO

Gerald Chertavian, Founder & CEO

Garrett Moran, President

Garrett Moran, President

Dear Friends,

When we founded Year Up seventeen years ago,

we set out to close the Opportunity Divide in this country and provide more young adults with a pathway to upward economic mobility. As we reflect on 2017, we are proud to report strong progress toward this ambitious, necessary goal. Our continued growth and evolution would not be possible without the support of fervent supporters, dynamic collaborators, and innovative corporate partners, like you. We are honored to have you by our side, and we thank you for your unyielding belief in the potential of our young adults.

The past year brought new growth and our best outcomes to date. We have now served more than 19,500 young adults across 25 Year Up locations nationwide, and we grew to serve more than 3,600 young adults in 2017. Even as we grow, our outcomes have continued to rise, with 91% of our 2017 graduates employed and/or enrolled in postsecondary education within four months of program completion, and employed graduates earning an average starting salary of $39,000 per year. Our graduates are transforming our nation’s workforce and their local communities, making impressive contributions across a wide array of industries and proving themselves to be the social and economic assets we know them to be.

While we celebrate this progress, we continue to stay hyper-focused on our bold vision for the future. We will prioritize growth through our self-sustaining co-location model, to serve 8,500 young adults annually by 2021. At the same time, we have set our sights ever higher, ramping up our practice change work to create meaningful career pathways for an additional 100,000 Opportunity Youth through our work with employers and training providers. We know that the Year Up solution, both our direct service model and our work as a technical advisor and partner in creating Opportunity Youth talent pipelines across a broader array of careers and industries, is one that can work on a much larger scale. And with five million young adults still on the wrong side of the Opportunity Divide in America, it is our duty to scale.

 Reaching this necessary scale is a challenge we are prepared to face head-on, and with our strong progress to date and your partnership, it is a goal we know we can achieve. It is such an honor to witness the potential of our young adults alongside you, and we are forever grateful for your investment of time, money, and expertise. Your support is instrumental in enabling thousands more motivated and talented young adults to move from minimum wage to meaningful careers and reach their full potential.

Thank you for being an important partner in our journey.

Be Well,

 

Gerald Chertavian Garrett Moran

Founder & CEO President 

 

I am a strong believer that access to opportunity is both a great equalizing force and a path to truly empowering young individuals. No other organization I know of pursues that mission with such a determined, outcome-oriented focus as Year Up, and it’s been incredible to see the organization grow. Year Up is laser-focused on each individual in the program, but has managed to expand that model to a scale that now has true national impact.
— Tom Stults, Managing Director, Cadre
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Donor Spotlight

Tom Stults is a true Year Up champion, supporting Year Up no matter where life takes him. First supporting Year Up Greater Boston as a tutor, mentor, mock interviewer, and donor, Tom’s move to New Jersey didn’t impact his commitment to the organization. Now a Managing Director at Cadre in New York City, Tom has donated and mentored young adults at Year Up New York.

Corporate Highlights

 
We’re extremely proud of our partnership with Year Up, and incredibly fortunate to have so many remarkable young people placed with us as interns. Interns come to us prepared, and that saves us time, energy – and in the long run, money. It’s a win-win for everyone. We’re helping young people start their professional lives and producing, growing, and nurturing a pipeline of talent that’s beneficial to Harvard.
— Katie Lapp, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Harvard University
 

115+

Corporate Partners hosted 5 or more interns

 

50+

Corporate Partners hosted 10 or more interns

 

25+

Corporate partners hosted 20 or more interns

 
 
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In the News

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Corporate Highlights

In collaboration with our forward-thinking corporate partners, we took our partnerships to new heights in 2017, achieving unprecedented outcomes, deepening and expanding relationships, and piloting innovative programs to create even stronger career pathways for our young adults.

Measuring Impact: Research & Evaluation

In 2017, we proudly published results from the 2016 Alumni Survey, which was open to approximately 9,500 alumni who graduated between July 2002 and July 2016. Designed and analyzed in partnership with top-notch research firm ICF-International, the survey is an important part of our strategic priority to foster alumni leadership and advancement and gives us a more robust understanding of how alumni are progressing in four key areas: career, higher education, engagement with Year Up and their communities, and quality of life. The survey revealed that:

  • Employed alumni earned an average wage of $22/hour (compared to a U.S. average of $17/hour for individuals with some college or an associate’s degree)

  • 75% of alumni are employed in full-time jobs

  • 70% of alumni are pursuing or have pursued higher education

  • 65% of alumni have referred a student to Year Up

  • 93% of alumni are satisfied with Year Up

We are excited that the survey both confirmed that our alumni are experiencing long-term success and identified several key areas where we can continue to improve.

“I can’t say enough about Year Up’s great work and positive impact. This organization provides opportunities that many young adults would otherwise not receive. Year Up creates a path to future success and the ability for young adults to achieve their full potential.”
— Dick Daniels, CIO, Kaiser Permanente
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Measuring Impact: Research & Evaluation

In 2017, we proudly published results from the 2016 Alumni Survey, which was open to approximately 9,500 alumni who graduated between July 2002 and July 2016. Designed and analyzed in partnership with top-notch research firm ICF-International, the survey is an important part of our strategic priority to foster alumni leadership and advancement and gives us a more robust understanding of how alumni are progressing in four key areas: career, higher education, engagement with Year Up and their communities, and quality of life. The survey revealed that:

  • Employed alumni earned an average wage of $22/hour (compared to a U.S. average of $17/hour for individuals with some college or an associate’s degree)

  • 75% of alumni are employed in full-time jobs

  • 70% of alumni are pursuing or have pursued higher education

  • 65% of alumni have referred a student to Year Up

  • 93% of alumni are satisfied with Year Up

We are excited that the survey both confirmed that our alumni are experiencing long-term success and identified several key areas where we can continue to improve.