Year Up Rhode Island

Class 30

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Graduation Program

Programa de Graduación


Deja Cheek, 
Class 30 Graduate

George Nippo,
Site Director, Year Up Rhode Island


Opportunity Champion Award 


Excellence & Leadership Awards 

Colleague Supporter Awards 


Sid Hall,
Director of Operations, U.S. Naval War College


Karina Tapia,
Class 30 Graduate


Luis Barroso,
Human Resources Administrative Assistant, Benefits Strategy Appeals Coordinator, Textron, Year Up Rhode Island Alumni, Class 29


Learning Community Yellow 

George Duran, Program Manager, Year Up Rhode Island 

Learning Community Blue 

Nathan Kosiba, Program Manager, Year Up Rhode Island


Deja Cheek, 
Graduanda Clase 30

George Nippo,
Director, Year Up Rhode Island


Premio al Campeón de la Oportunidad


Premio de Excelencia y Liderazgo

Premio al Colega Colaborador


Sid Hall,
Director de Operaciones, U.S. Naval War College


Karina Tapia,
Graduanda Clase 30


Luis Barroso,
Asistente Administrativo de Recursos Humanos, Coordinador de Apelaciones de Estrategia de Beneficios, Textron, Year Up Rhode Island Alumnus, Clase 29


Comunidad de Aprendizaje Amarillo

George Duran, Gerente de Programa, Year Up Rhode Island 

Comunidad de Aprendizaje Azul 

Nathan Kosiba, Gerente de Programa, Year Up Rhode Island

Keynote Speaker

Sid Hall
Director of Operations, U.S. Naval War College

Sid Hall has served as a career Naval Supply Officer for 32 years with specialties in Logistics Operations, Supply Chain Management, strategic and operational planning, Financial and Contracts Management, Business Development, and Food Service Management. He’s been assigned as the Supply Officer aboard a Submarine, a Surface Combatant, and an Aircraft Carrier where he was responsible for all consumable and equipment material coming onto and leaving from those ships to include procurement, receipt and issue processing, and inventory management. His shore assignments have ranged from serving as a contracts specialists buying missile systems from Boeing; to a business officer directing business cases to drive logistics efficiencies throughout the Japan region; to an Assistant Chief of Staff for logistics responsible for monitoring operational readiness for all east coast submarines; to an operations director driving program success and delivering premium customer experiences for senior international military personnel.

Welcome to the Year Up Rhode Island's Commencement Ceremony!

Dear Year Up Friends & Family,

Class 30. What a beautiful, historic milestone. The Year Up Rhode Island story began in March 2005 when we opened our doors in Providence to serve 22 young adults in Class 1. You now join the nearly 1,400 students who have graduated from Year Up Rhode Island. I am humbled when I think of what is to come.

Nationwide, you are part of the first group of interns ever to complete your internships virtually. Thank you for powering the movement forward at such a difficult time, and for inspiring us all with your grit and accomplishments. Year Up—and all our supporters—have your back for what comes next.

To our community of supporters, board and Leadership Council members, corporate partners, donors, and volunteers: thank you. It is Year Up’s 20th anniversary year, and as more students become alumni, we’re creating both individual-and broader community-level impact, demonstrating the efficacy of our program. Providing access to opportunity and meaningful careers is one of the cornerstones of improving equality in our country, and you are part of that.

As our Class 30 graduates turn to the job market it’s important for all of us to continue to recognize that Black Lives Matter. While there is much work to be done (if you haven’t yet, please read our founder and CEO’s letter on Year Up’s actions against racism), we can work towards the solution together and we are more committed than ever to take action against injustice and racism.


George Nippo 

Site Director, Year Up Rhode Island 

¡Bienvenido a la Ceremonia de Graduación de Year Up Rhode Island!

Estimados amigos y Familia Year Up,

Clase 30. Qué hermoso e histórico logro. La historia de Year Up Rhode Island comenzó en marzo de 2005 cuando abrimos nuestras puertas en Providence para enseñar a 22 jóvenes en la Clase 1. Ahora ustedes se unen a los casi 1,400 estudiantes que se han graduado de Year Up Rhode Island. Me siento honrado cuando pienso en lo que está por venir.

A nivel nacional, ustedes son parte del primer grupo de pasantes que completan sus pasantías virtualmente. Gracias por impulsar el movimiento hacia adelante en un momento tan difícil y por inspirarnos a todos con su valor y sus logros. Year Up —y todos nuestros colaboradores— respaldan lo que está por venir.

A nuestra comunidad de colaboradores, miembros de la Junta Directiva y del Consejo de Liderazgo, socios corporativos, donantes y voluntarios: gracias. Es el año del 20º aniversario de Year Up, y a medida que más estudiantes se convierten en exalumnos, estamos creando un amplio impacto tanto a nivel individual como a nivel comunitario, lo que demuestra la eficacia de nuestro programa. Brindar acceso a oportunidades y carreras significativas es una de las piedras angulares que mejoran la igualdad en nuestro país, y ustedes son parte de eso.

A medida que nuestros graduandos de la Clase 30 recurren al mercado laboral, es importante para todos nosotros continuar reconociendo que Las Vidas Negras Importan —Black Lives Matter. Si bien hay mucho trabajo por hacer (si aún no lo ha hecho, por favor lea la carta de nuestro fundador y CEO sobre las acciones de Year Up contra el racismo), podemos trabajar juntos hacia la solución y estamos más comprometidos que nunca para tomar medidas contra la injusticia y racismo.

Con valentía,

George Nippo 

Director de Sitio, Year Up Rhode Island

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
Thank You to our Local Sponsors

Citizens Bank
Webster Bank
Amica Mutual Insurance Company
CVS Health
Bank of America
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island
Centreville Bank
Cox Communications
Gilbane, Inc.
Homestar Mortgage
Navigant Credit Union
Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island
Pawtucket Credit Union
Residential Properties
The Washington Trust Company

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