A Message from Gerald

Dear Year Up Alumni,

It is hard to imagine that only 14 years ago, Year Up was started in Boston, MA with 22 students, and will soon have over 5,000 alumni across the country. It is an incredible testament to the dedication and commitment every one of you has made, and it has been an honor to watch the journeys you have taken. Whether you joined the program in our first year, or graduated in February of this year, you have likely heard me emphasize the need for you, Year Up’s Alumni, to be the voice and the leaders of our movement to truly close the Opportunity Divide in this country.

Today, I am excited to announce a new career support organization created to serve Year Up Alumni. Year Up Professional Resources (“YUPRO”) will launch in the coming weeks in Boston and San Francisco. YUPRO will support alumni in their search for work relevant to their skills and interests, and to help our alumni stay on track as they pursue careers.

YUPRO will also support alumni in acquiring new career development skills through training and resources.  As a members-only organization specifically for Year Up alumni, YUPRO is staffed by people who are experts at making your Year Up experience valuable in the job market.  YUPRO is owned by Year Up, and it will return profits from its business activities to help Year Up fund additional alumni services.

Be well,

Gerald Chertavian

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