Year Up New York New Jersey


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Thank You to our College Partners

Graduation Program


Wil Velazquez
Director of Program, Year Up New York | New Jersey

Keynote Address

Antoine Andrews
Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, Year Up

Student Speaker

Estefan Salgado, LC Visionaries, Class of 2020

Fayek Chowdhury, LCL, Class of 2020

Darian Jarvis, LCV, Class of 2020

Graduate Awards
Certificate Presentation
Alumni Pledge 

Krystal Smith, Year Up Class of 2017

Student Speakers

LC Visionaries
Class of 2020

Fayek Chowdhury
Class of 2020

Class of 2020

Welcome to the Year Up New York| New Jersey Graduation Ceremony

Dear Friends,

Welcome to Year Up New York | New Jersey’s Class 27 Virtual Graduation. Today, we celebrate the achievements of our extraordinary graduates and thank the powerful network of support that makes our program so successful. Mentors, volunteers, donors, family, friends, corporate and community partners, all play integral roles in making our program a success. We are forever grateful for your work in closing the Opportunity Divide, and supporting so many young people in forging paths to success.

Class 27, congratulations! Today marks the culmination of your Year Up—and the beginning of your new professional career. This evening, you leave us as experienced professionals with enhanced skills and the ability to achieve the goals you have set for yourselves. Whether your next steps are a new career or higher education, your hard work and commitment over the past year have set the stage for your continued success and the success of the many talented young adults who will follow you.

On behalf of Year Up New York | New Jersey, congratulations on all of your accomplishments. We know your success will continue into the next stage of your professional career.


Annie Martinez
Regional Director of Program

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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