Year Up Chicago

Class 19

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Thank You to our College Partner

Graduation Program


Ariana Padilla-Gonzalez 
Client Services Intern, Rush University Medical Center 

Ellie McGaw
Site Director, Downtown Campus, Year Up

Aprill Hawkins
Site Director, Harold Washington College, Year Up

Masters of Ceremony

Angel Patterson
Project Management Intern, United Continental Holdings, Inc.

Kasandra Rojas
Helpdesk Support Intern, Facebook 

Keynote Address

Ellen McClain
Chief Financial Officer, Year Up 

Student Speakers

Datrell Bogan, Client Services Intern, AT&T Inc.  

Jocelyn Arteaga, Data Analytics Intern, CIBC  

Call to Action

Leonardo Maganda, Client Services Intern, Wintrust

Alumni Association Induction

Yoko Acosta, Class 13,
Year Up Chicago Alumni Association, Chair 

Tyme AndersonClass 13,
Year Up Chicago Alumni Association, Vice Chair 


Chicago Theatre photo

Student Speakers

            Datrell Bogan
        Class of July 2020 

Jocelyn Arteaga
Class of July 2020

Welcome to the Year Up Chicago's Commencement Ceremony!

Dear Class 19, 

On behalf of Year Up Chicago, we want to extend a big congratulations and best wishes to Class 19. Despite all odds—a global pandemic and rapid mid-internship transitions—you persisted! Your legacy, Class 19, will be one of resilience. We are immensely proud of your ingenuity, adaptability, and compassion. It is our privilege to be with you on this journey. 

The next chapter holds exciting new adventures and your Year Up family will be there to collaborate, empower, and support you along the way. We encourage you to stay connected by tapping into the alumni network and checking out the resources available to you at 

As graduates of Year Up, you are poised to do incredible things and we can’t wait to see the change you create in the world. 

Congratulations again! 

Ellie McGaw
Site Director Year Up Chicago Downtown Campus
Aprill Hawkins
Site Director Year Up Chicago at Harold Washington College

Award Winners

College Partner
Tonja Girten-Simmons & Kayla Godinez
Community Partner
Youth Guidance
Volunteer of the Year
Hector Herrera

Bank of America

Mentor of the Year
Liz Huizenga

Adam Street Partner

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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