Two sides of a city,
We are wasting talent when we can't afford to waste anyone.
Millions of young adults in this country are facing social and economic injustice. Despite talent and motivation, they lack access to higher education and careers that provide them with a living wage. At the same time, our economy needs help. U.S. businesses are calling for more and better-trained talent to compete on the global stage, but there will not be enough skilled workers to meet that demand.
Economic justice = Economic prosperity.
These are troubling realities, but they represent a tremendous national opportunity. Providing underserved young adults with the skills, knowledge and experience today's businesses demand ensures those young adults will begin successful careers and earn a living wage. In return, employers gain access to a wider pipeline of well-trained talent than ever before —the talent they need to compete across the globe.
A hand up, not a hand out.
This is not charity, nor a handout. This is good sense. Economic justice for young adults equals economic prosperity for U.S. businesses, and the nation at large.
"Having that door open for you and know that all you need to do is step through it is what Year Up provided for me. Without that bridge, I wouldn't have been able to do anything as far as professional careers go."
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Founder and CEO Gerald Chertavian, along with students, alumni, and supporters, tells the Year Up story and shows what it means to close the Opportunity Divide in his new book.
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