With the need to help American teenagers at an all time high, Year Up in Baltimore is not allowing the historic snowstorm that forced program cancellations across the Northeastern United States to stop the Friday January 29, 2016, graduation program at 12 noon on the Baltimore City Community College campus. Despite massive snow in Baltimore the streets have been cleared so that the graduation program can proceed on Friday. Supporters of the Baltimore youth are being asked to please come to the graduation program to share in the success of the youth in Baltimore.
As the nation searches for programs to help struggling young people all over the nation, Year Up is one program that has proven for over 15 years that it is working. CEO Gerald Chertavian is the Founder and CEO of the program that he conceived in 2000. His dream and vision of helping young people overcome the opportunity divide has shown that a man with dedication and persistence can do amazing things for America’s youth. Year Up graduates are now working for large corporations and small business enterprises across the nation. Real jobs with career building incomes.
Those people who believe that children from poor families do not deserve the same incentives that rich children receive, such as trips to Disney World and Paris, France, that have been given to rich children to encourage good behavior and outstanding academic performance should take a close look at the results Year Up has achieved. The CEO and Founder of Year Up raises the question of why do some people feel that the benefits they give to their own children to help them succeed should not be given to underprivileged children. Programs such as Upward Bound were created to help poor children catch up with their rich classmates. Oprah Winfrey was in Upward Bound now she is a billionaire.
Year Up provides classroom instruction that teaches urban youth how to dress properly, speak properly, and how conduct themselves in a corporate world. There are over 10,000 years up graduates across the nation who have been the beneficiaries of the dream that Chertavian made into a reality. The graduation program tomorrow is physical evidence of a transformation that Year Up has made in the lives of these young people. The ceremony at 12 noon is a joyous celebration of what these Baltimore young people have done to contribute to American society.
In the eyes of each graduate there is a glimmer of hope. The small business leaders and corporate sponsors are doing something to bridge the enormous gap between the rich and poor. Baltimore City Council employee Damian Cooper asked why there were no television cameras covering the graduation that showed the urban youth dressed neatly in business suits and ties, speaking standard English without profanity, and being employed by major companies like Blue Cross/Blue Shield. A television film crew was seen filming an event at the Baltimore Zoo during the Year Up graduation that year.
For small business and corporate leaders who would like to support Year Up go to: www.yearup.org.