VIP Reception with Year Up Founder and CEO Gerald Chertavian and His Excellency Ambassador Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari

Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 13, 2015  – Celebrating the hard work and dedication of Year Up’s partners, community leaders, and supporters in closing the Opportunity Divide for low-income young adults, Year Up National Capital Region (NCR) and the Embassy of the State of Qatar will host a VIP Reception with Gerald Chertavian, Year Up Founder and CEO, tonight from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Metropolitan Club, 1700 H St. NW, Washington, DC.

Chertavian and His Excellency Ambassador Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari will speak at the event about the importance of helping “Opportunity Youth” (talented young adults currently out of school and out of work) fulfill their potential through professional careers and higher education, a priority issue for both the United States and in Qatar and the Middle East. Adrian Fenty, former Mayor of Washington, DC, will be in attendance.

“Year Up NCR began working with the Embassy three years ago, when they helped sponsor our annual Geek Gala,” said Year Up NCR Executive Director Guylaine Saint Juste. “Since then, the partnership has continued to grow as we share insights on how to connect young adults with meaningful careers, and businesses with the talent they need.”

Ambassador Al Kuwari said: “Our work with Year Up NCR has become one of our most exciting partnerships in the United States. In Qatar, we are very passionate about education and developing opportunities for young people to succeed in their studies and careers. Year Up NCR has achieved a great deal and we are proud to support their activities.”

The Embassy is currently working to expand its support for Year Up NCR by developing a volunteer program for Embassy staff.

Year Up NCR, one of thirteen Year Up sites in the U.S., was launched in 2006 to serve young adults in the Greater Washington area, providing them with technical, professional and communication skills in areas including information technology and financial operations. Students can earn college credits for completing their coursework during the first six months of the program, and then go on to participate in a six-month internship at a corporate partner such as NASA, Hilton, AOL and Capital One.

Nationwide, 85 percent Year Up graduates are attending college full-time or employed within four months of completing the program, with average starting salaries of $32,000/year. Learn more about Year Up National Capital Region by following us on Twitter @YearUpNCR and on Facebook.

About Year Up Inc.

Year Up’s mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Year Up achieves this mission through a high support, high expectation model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, internships and college credits. Its holistic approach focuses on students’ professional and personal development to place these young adults on a viable path to economic self-sufficiency. Year Up currently serves more than 2,700 students a year at sites in Arizona, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Jacksonville, the National Capital Region, New York City, Philadelphia, Providence, Puget Sound, San Francisco Bay Area, and South Florida. To learn more, visit or