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October 26, 2012

Get to Know a C.E.O., with Gerald Chertavian

One young man, and in fact I was just speaking with him last night, he had some challenges growing up. He had dropped out of high school, he had a family that was physically abusive, and he really didn't understand how he was going to find his way in life. He heard about Year Up, came to us, and did incredibly well in the program. He ended up getting a job at State Street, did very well there, and most recently he was headhunted to come work at Bank of New York Mellon, where he is now managing fourteen people (three of whom are Year Up graduates and two of whom are Year Up interns). He has his college degree now having graduated with a 3.96 GPA. Very few percentage points of G.E.D. holders even get a college degree: this young man has his degree, he's employed, he's making really good money, and he's married (with a beautiful new son). He's happy, stable, contributing to the community, a tax payer, and at one point in his life he was in the adjudication system and, without a high school degree, dropped out at age 16.

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