Come meet Gerald Chertavian at the Central Library

Year Up is a non-profit organization whose mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing low-income urban young adults (ages 18-24) with an intensive one-year professional education and training program that will give them the skills, experience and support to empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.

Gerald Chertavian, the CEO and Founder of Year Up, will read selections from his book, A Year Up: How A Pioneering Program Teaches Young Adults Real Skills for Real Jobs–with Real Success at the Central Library’s Microsoft Auditorium, on 7 p.m., Wednesday, August 1. His book provides an intimate look at his unique program and its students, following a Year Up class from admissions through graduation. Students share, in their own words, the challenges, failures, and personal successes they’ve experienced before, during, and after their program year.

Watch how a life-changing friendship and one man’s realization of the Opportunity Divide ultimately become a thriving program for success in: Origins of Year Up.

Here are some suggested reading titles that are available in the library’s catalog.