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Is This The New Model for Community College? Give it to Year Up

Heidi Legg | Posted 06.29.2015 | Education
Heidi Legg

The American opportunity divide between the haves and have-nots, continues to grow and unrest from American youth is playing out over deep wounds as we watch Baltimore this week.

Youth Hold the Key to US Competitiveness

Willa Seldon | Posted 05.12.2015 | Impact
Willa Seldon

Since the rise of computing, mobile communications, and the Internet, youth, defined as 16-to-24 year olds, have become increasingly central to business and U.S. competitiveness.

Reinventing America, The Forbes Summit in Chicago Part II

Sugar Rautbord | Posted 04.20.2015 | Business
Sugar Rautbord

These small, invitation-only congresses bring together Wealth, Politics, Business, and Government as well as Education and Disruptive Innovation and are a winning formula for stimulating growth, forging new partnerships, and in this case, the reinvention of industrial power.

Mayor Walsh Supports Creating Multiple Career Pathways for Foster Youth

Marquis Cabrera | Posted 10.11.2014 | Impact
Marquis Cabrera

The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services issued a joint letter that draws attention to the difficulties foster youth face when it comes to achieving higher education.

Does Your Neighborhood Suck?

Marquis Cabrera | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Marquis Cabrera

How are children supposed to "want it, work for it and fight for it" when they don't even know it exists?

Ladies, We Can Do This! 6 Ways to Mentor Her, Sponsor Her, Elevate Her Career

Julie Kantor | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Julie Kantor

Share with a few girls what you do professionally and what you enjoy about your position. Speak to a classroom and share perspective about your experience as a female in the career you selected and what education you needed to get there.

Recognize Talent

Gerald Chertavian | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Gerald Chertavian

Tomorrow, thousands of Year Up students and staff in eight of our cities will take part in our annual Walk for Opportunity. They are rallying to raise public awareness about the massive pool of untapped talent that our young adults represent, and the economic necessity of closing the Opportunity Divide.

Invest in Innovative Solutions That Work for Children and Families

Michele Jolin | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Michele Jolin

Investing in what works is a long-term economic growth strategy designed to strengthen our future workforce. It just makes sense, particularly as we look to find cost-effective ways to ensure that our nation's children receive the education and training that they require to compete globally.

Year Up is Powered by Pro Bono

Aaron Hurst | Posted 12.17.2012 | Impact
Aaron Hurst

Inspired by his experience as a Big Brother in New York City, Gerald Chertavian founded Year Up in 2000. Today, Year Up is one of the most successful nonprofits in the U.S.

Improving Opportunity For Youth Through Mentoring

Gerald Chertavian | Posted 12.08.2012 | Impact
Gerald Chertavian

On Monday, Opportunity Nation -- a bipartisan national coalition of more than 250 organizations, businesses, schools, and others that are dedicated to restoring social mobility in America -- launches its Week of Action across the country with a National Day of Mentoring.

A Story About 'Rich' People

Paul Shoemaker | Posted 11.14.2012 | Impact
Paul Shoemaker

"That blew my mind. I had no idea that rich people actually cared about poor people, about their community. I had no idea that something like SVP exis...

Leaders Coming Together To Create Real Opportunities For Young Adults

Gerald Chertavian | Posted 10.06.2012 | Impact
Gerald Chertavian

Changing the game for our young adults, for our economy, and for our country as a whole will require a movement powered by Americans from all corners.

An Interview With Gerald Chertavian, Founder of Year Up

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 09.30.2012 | Business
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Originally published on, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe. By: Sayre Quevedo In case you missed it, ...

Year Up: Answering The Skills Gap

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 09.22.2012 | Business
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Originally published on, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe. By: Sayre Quevedo Two years ago Breyana S...

'Year Up Chicago' Gives Disadvantaged Youth a Chance to Work

David Vognar | Posted 09.09.2012 | Chicago
David Vognar

Sitting down with Year Up Chicago's executive director Alan Anderson, one can immediately understand how his program is on track to graduate its 70th student.

The No Brainer That We Risk Missing

Peter Sims | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Sims

One thing consistently puzzles me: there's a significant disconnect between policy makers and people who are working on actual problems in the grassroots. Wendy Kopp and Gerald Chertavian should not have to hire a lobbying firm.