New Perspectives in Social Policy Seminar Series

The annual New Perspectives in Social Policy seminar series seeks to reach beyond familiar and well-explored fields of poverty research, to challenge accepted paradigms, and to open paths to new research models and methodologies.

2012–2013 New Perspectives in Social Policy

Economic Justice Can Equal Economic Prosperity

Gerald Chertavian

Founder and CEO, Year Up

Gerald Chertavian's PowerPoint available in PDF format

Respondent: Carolyn Heinrich, Sid Richardson Professor of Public Affairs, Affiliated Professor of Economics, and Director of the Center for Health and Social Policy, University of Texas at Austin

Flash Video of Lecture available (best viewed with a high speed internet connection)

Carolyn Heinrich's PowerPoint available in PDF format

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
4:00–5:30 p.m.
1310 Plenary Room, Grainger Hall
975 University Avenue

Gerald Chertavian is founder and CEO of Year Up, a program that provides low-income young adults with skills, support, and experience to help them succeed in professional careers and higher education. The one-year intensive training program provides students with personal, academic, and professional development. Participants receive six months of classroom instruction to develop technical and professional skills for which they earn up to 23 college credits, followed by a six-month internship with a corporate or government Year-Up partner. Since the program began in 2000, some 4,000 young adults have participated, and 84 percent of graduates are employed or attending college full time within four months of completing Year Up.

Chertavian holds a B.A. in economics, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, from Bowdoin College; and an M.B.A., with honors, from Harvard Business School. In 2007, he was elected as a Fellow with the Ashoka Global Fellowship of social entrepreneurs for his innovative approach to social change. In 2008, he was appointed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to serve on the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. In addition, he is on the Board of Advisors for the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative and is an Emeritus Trustee of Bowdoin College and former Board Member of The Boston Foundation. Chertavian has received honorary doctorate of humane letters degrees from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and Mt. Ida College.

See the Year Up website.

Read a January 21, 2012, New York Times article about how Chertavian’s Year Up program came to be.

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