Thank you for attending the virtual Year Up Charlotte graduation ceremony livestream on Facebook. To view the recorded video, click the link below.

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Thank You to our College Partner

Graduation Program

Site Director Welcome
Elise Ford, Site Director, Year Up Charlotte

Student Keynote Address
Jennifer Leon , Year Up Intern at Bank of America

Keynote Address
Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, President,
Central Piedmont Community College

Awards Presentation
Kwain Bryant, Recruitment Manager,
Year Up Charlotte
Nini Lopez Bravo, Year Up Intern at
Bank of America

Presentation of Certificates
Erika Potts, Associate Director of Program,
Year Up Charlotte

Alumni Oath 
Lizette Gomez, Year Up Graduate 2020
Business Control Specialist, Bank of America

Closing Remarks
Daejah Ramseur, Year Up Intern at Merck


Keynote Speakers

Jennifer Leon
Year Up Intern at Bank of America

Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer
President, Central Piedmont Community College

Site Director Letter

Congratulations to Year Up Charlotte Class of Winter 2021!

It is such an honor to come together to celebrate your accomplishments. One year ago you made a commitment to yourself. You knew that you had the drive and the talent. You knew that with a little coaching and an open door, you could prove yourself in a Corporate Internship. While you might have questioned your ability to be professionally dressed and on camera by 8:25am, you took the steps necessary to make it all happen.

The past year was full of feedback, classwork, presentations, and Zoom calls. You channeled this training and you showed up ready to learn and work on your internship. Your grit and determination is paying off —you are accepting employment in the area you studied, you are expanding your knowledge by continuing your education, and you are interviewing for careers that might have felt unobtainable one year ago.

On behalf of the Year Up Charlotte staff, I want to share how proud we are of you. We are honored to have walked alongside you during this past year. You listened to the guidance and advice and made it your own. We are beaming with pride.

Your time with Year Up is not over. You are now part of the 20,000-strong Year Up alumni community. It’s your turn to volunteer and be a guest speaker, it’s your turn to provide feedback to an intern to help them grow their professionalism, and it’s your turn to hire a future graduate.  Lift while you climb!

Thank you to our partners, volunteers, supporters, families, and friends for your commitment to closing the Opportunity Divide and for having an unwavering belief in the potential of our young adults. You have made Year Up Charlotte successful and provided a runway for many more young people.

With great admiration,

Elise Ford
Site Director, Year Up Charlotte

Award Winners

Cornerstone Award
Jennifer Ward

Senior Vice President, Community Relations Manager,
Bank of America

Intern Manager Award
Lisa Weber

Principal Process Manager, AvidXchange

Alumni Oath

I PLEDGE that as a member of the Year Up National Alumni Association, I will continue to uphold and promote Year Up’s mission and core values. I will strive for excellence and realize my potential. I will use my time and talents to contribute to the success of Year Up, its students, and its alumni. I will take action in the movement to close the Opportunity Divide. I take this oath freely, as a promise to lift while I climb, and to be a lifelong ambassador of Year Up.

Thank You to our National Sponsors
Thank you to our National Community Partners

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