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Most helpful customer reviews 13 of 13 people found the following review helpful. Putting Potential to Work, Closing the Opportunity Divide By Diana M. Smith A Year Up will change how you think and hopefully what you do about the growing opportunity divide in this country. Chertavian never rails against the rich; he simply roots for those on the other side of the divide. In his new book and through his organization of the same name, he harnesses the stories of young people--long considered disconnected--to illustrate their drive, potential, talent, resilience, and hope. In a nation eager for talent yet unable to cultivate it, Chertavian shows us how, by offering young folks a Year Up--something middle and upper class kids take for granted--we can close the opportunity divide and meet our nation's growing need for a more skilled workforce. He does this by giving you a front row seat to two groups of kids in New York City over the course of their year up. I couldn't put the book down; the stories are spell-binding, moving, and transforming. If you read only one book this summer, this is the one to read. If you recommend only one book, this is the one to recommend. 14 of 15 people found the following review helpful. Thoughtful stories about social mobility, social enterprise, and economic opportunity for all By MLFields A really unique book that weaves together stories about young people "overcoming the odds," a businessman trying to make a tangible difference in the world, a workforce development program that actually works, and an effective "all hands on deck" approach to (higher)education reform that brings together individuals, businesses, nonprofits, philanthropy and government. I found this book to be a great mix of head and heart--I was touched by the humanness of the stories the students shared and I was equally inspired by how much sense Year Up makes. Chertavian really lays out a map, through writing about the program he founded, for how we might fix some major problems in the US. A Year Up also gives a great, accessible overview of the growing skills gap in the US and how it relates to social mobility and educational opportunity.Definitely worth a read. It offers fresh and refreshing perspective. 11 of 12 people found the following review helpful. "INFORMATIVE, EDUCATIONAL, EXTREMELY USEFUL!" By Author/er Geri Ahearn 'A Year Up' offers a program for young adults Training mentorship, internship, and real jobs. Most graduates are employed within four months. In addition, the program also offers a class following graduation in which the graduate could share their experience about the program. Comprehensive, Interesting, and a very useful guide that's very much needed with today's economy. Highly Recommended! See all 46 customer reviews...
"Engaging, with a touch of humor, the book most importantly shows what dedicated people and businesses are doing to make a difference today."—Publishers Weekly"A must-read account of the origins and growth of Year Up, a groundbreaking employment program...In addition to highlighting his many successes, Chertavian recounts the difficulties students face in rising above difficult, and often brutal, circumstances to keep moving forward. The individuals profiled here are sure to inspire."—Kirkus s (starred review)"An incredibly engaging, powerful story that brings to life the amazing potential of urban youth and what we must do to empower them to succeed."—Wendy Kopp, CEO and founder, Teach for America"An inpiring tale of headstrong young people who beat the odds and their journeys from the inner city to college to corporate America."—Kenneth Chenault, chairman and CEO, American Express"Gerald Chertavian is one of America's leading pioneers for social change. Especially at a time of economic hardship, it is inspiring to read his story abut Year Up, a dynamic social venture that is helping so many young people lift themselves up. I have long believed that social entrpreneurs are at the vanguard of a second civil rights movement--one that again seeks equal opportunity for all of our people."—David Gergen, professor of public service, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government; senior political analyst, CNN; former adviser to four US presidents About the Author Gerald Chertavian is the founder and CEO of Year Up. Gerald’s commitment to working with urban youth spans more than 25 years. He is on the Board of Advisors for the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative and is an Emeritus Trustee of Bowdoin College and former Board Member of The Boston Foundation. Gerald has received honorary doctorates from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and Mt. Ida College. He lives in Cambridge with his wife and three children.
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