This week we are featuring Katrina and Nazim of the nonprofit, Year Up! Year Up's mission is to help and support youth in their communities obtain equal opportunities in the job market. Their overall goal is to build a strong and united community. We love that! Read on to learn more about Year Up's work and what they would do if they could give freely!
Group of Year Up current students and Alumni
: Tell us a little about your organization?
: Year Up is a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to disadvantaged urban youths, usually in the 18-24 range. What we do is offer a year long program to educate these students in business fields such as finance, IT, or sales, and provide them a path to use those skills in a professional workplace. The process begins with a six month intensive training program in a classroom setting. The next part of the process involves an internship with a reputable company. Several large-scale corporate companies have partnered up with our organization to accept these interns which is really great. We currently have 23 locations throughout the U.S. This year alone, our downtown Boston location has seen 300 students graduate. -Nazim
Students visiting the State House to meet with their state legislators and advocate for School-to-Career Connecting Activities
: How has giving freely to these students inspired you?
: Positive feedback from graduates is really what makes being a part of this organization so rewarding. We want these people to have equal opportunities at success. Hearing stories of where a student began and what they have achieved since taking part in this program is really powerful and shows that our organization is really making an impact on these students. -Katrina
: What would you do if you could give freely? If you had every resource you needed at this moment what would you do to help someone/your community?
: Our CEO Gerald Chertavian has a vision to help all 6 million disadvantaged youths. Currently, we are only hitting about 2,000 nationwide. We want to help as many people as we can, giving them the opportunities they deserve and bettering the community as a whole. If we had access to every resource, we would want to expand our organization and get word out to potential students about how to enter our program! -Katrina & Nazim
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