Gerald Chertavian, Founder and CEO of Year Up, Joins Panel Discussion Facilitated by TheDream.US Founder Don Graham with Panelists Katherine Bradley, Brigadier General Leo Brooks, Jr., and Scott Plank and Hosted by Michael Arpey and Bruce Rosenblum of The Carlyle Group


Washington, DC – June 5, 2019 – Continuing to drive systems change and expand access to opportunity for young adults across the United States, Gerald Chertavian, the Founder and CEO of the national nonprofit Year Up, participated in a panel discussion in Washington, DC on June 5, 2019 on closing the opportunity and education divide.

The discussion was facilitated by Don Graham, chairman of the board of Graham Holdings Company (previously The Washington Post Company) and co-founder of TheDream.US, the nation’s largest college access and success program for DREAMers. Michael Arpey, Managing Director and the Head of Investor Relations at The Carlyle Group, and Bruce Rosenblum, Managing Director and a member of Carlyle’s Management Committee, hosted the panel. Panelists included Katherine Bradley, the founding chair of CityBridge Education; Brigadier General Leo Brooks, Jr. (USA-Ret.), Vice President at The Boeing Company; and Scott Plank, Founder and CEO of War Horses. Following the robust conversation and increased awareness around the opportunity and education gap, Michael Arpey has agreed to host a second panel with a similar topic in the Fall.

“Millions of young adults in the United States are out of school, out of work, and disconnected from opportunity not because they lack talent but because of their zip code, their immigration status, and the bank balance of their parents” said Chertavian. “To close the Opportunity Divide, we must have collaboration across the economy with companies and organizations committed to supporting young people to gain skills, experience, and financial stability through education and meaningful careers.”

Chertavian founded Year Up in Boston in 2000 to create a demand-driven workforce development program that would provide top companies around the country with a pipeline of skilled talent. Last year, a federally-sponsored evaluation of Year Up showed a 53% increase in initial earnings for young adults randomly assigned to Year Up compared with similar young adults in a control group—the largest impacts on earnings reported to date for a workforce program tested in a randomized controlled trial.

For more information, please contact Year Up Senior Director of Philanthropy Jeanette Radford at 571-317-5650 or


About Year Up


Year Up is an award-winning, national 501(c)3 organization that enables motivated young adults ages 18-24 to move from minimum wage to meaningful careers in just one year by providing the skills, experience, and support they need to reach their full potential. Through a one-year, intensive program, Year Up utilizes a high-expectations, high-support model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, coursework eligible for college credit, and corporate internships at more than 250 top companies. Its holistic approach focuses on students’ professional and personal development to enable young adults with a viable path to economic self-sufficiency and meaningful careers. Year Up has served more than 24,000 young adults since its founding in 2000, and will serve more than 4,700 young adults in 2019 across 25 U.S. cities including Arizona, Baltimore, Bay Area, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Greater Atlanta, Greater Boston, Greater Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, the National Capital Region, New York/New Jersey, Puget Sound, Rhode Island, South Florida, Tampa Bay, and Wilmington. Year Up has been voted one of the “Best Non-Profits to Work For” by The NonProfit Times for eight consecutive years, and rated a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator for twelve consecutive years, placing them in the top 1% of tracked organizations.

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