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From city neighborhoods to a career in banking

By: Sam Wood on Sep 29, 2023

 Citizens Bank employees Johnny Perez, left, assistant vice president and scrum master, and Stephanie Cuevas, social media community manager, both came up through Year Up Inc.’s career development program. 

Year Up has been instrumental in transforming the lives of individuals like Johnny Perez and Stephanie Cuevas-Perez. Perez, now an assistant vice president at Citizens in Providence, credits Year Up with providing him the opportunity to transition from juggling multiple part-time jobs to a successful career in banking. Similarly, Cuevas-Perez found her path to success through Year Up's internship opportunities and mentorship. As the social media community manager at Citizens and a mentor for Year Up students, Cuevas-Perez plays a crucial role in both supporting the program and helping others navigate their career paths. Perez and Cuevas-Perez demonstrate the program's effectiveness in building diverse and skilled talent pipelines for companies like Citizens, shaping the future workforce with innovative skill sets and perspectives.

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