Congratulations!

Year Up Charlotte

Class 1

Thank You to our College Partner

Graduation Program

Welcome

Elise Ford
Site Director, Year Up Charlotte

Keynote Addresses

Cathy Bessant
Chief Technology and Operations Officer 
Bank of America

Gerald Chertavian
Founder and CEO, Year Up

Trinity Simpson
Year Up Charlotte Class 1

Awards Presentation

Kwain Bryant
Recruitment Manager, Year Up Charlotte

Presentation of Certificates

Erika Potts
Associate Director of Program, Year Up Charlotte

Alumni Pledge

Shannon Duffins, Year Up Atlanta Class 1

David Conde, Year Up Charlotte Class 1

Khu Htoo, Year Up Charlotte Class 1

Hamilton Sheppard, Year Up Charlotte Class 1

Closing Remarks

Brandon Crowder
Year Up Charlotte Class 1

Student Speakers

Trinity Simpson
Class 1

Brandon Crowder
Class 1

Keynote Speakers

Cathy Bessant
Chief Technology & Operations Officer 
Bank of America

Gerald Chertavian
Founder and CEO
Year Up

Congratulations to Year Up Charlotte Cohort 1!

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 in your seat 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 18,000-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 the launch of 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

Volunteer Champion
Award
Kizmet Moore

NFP Corporate Services

Educational Changemaker Award
JJ McEachern

Central Piedmont Community College

Intern Manager
Award
Will Nova

Bank of America

Legacy
Award
John M. Belk Endowment

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.

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