The Year Up Greater Atlanta Graduation Ceremony will be a virtual event streamed through Facebook Premiere on the Greater Atlanta Facebook page below.
Ron King, Year Up Intern at NCR Corporation
Dr. Karimah Lynum, Associate Director Medical Affairs, Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC
Summer 2021 Graduate Speakers
Presentation of Certificates
Year Up Greater Atlanta Program Team
Amber Ikpe, Year Up Graduate 2017, Data Analyst/Project Coordinator at ITSMF
Ronda Thompson, National Director of Alumni Relations
and Interim Chief Diversity Equity & Inclusion Officer, Year Up
Sharonda Holmes, Site Director, Year Up Greater Atlanta
Dr. Karimah Lynum
Associate Director Medical Affairs
Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC
Letter from the Site Director
Dear Summer 2021 Graduates,
It is with great excitement that I write to you today. One of the best feelings I have in this organization is being able to say to you all: CONGRATULATIONS! Today marks the end of one journey, and the beginning of another. On this day, we recognize and celebrate your many accomplishments achieved over this past year.
Nearly one year ago, you decided to embark upon this Year Up journey. You applied, interviewed, completed pre-work, and attended the numerous mandatory Admissions events. Following this, you were officially accepted into Year Up Greater Atlanta. This was no accident. It was by design that you joined the Summer 2021 class, and now you are officially graduates. In this endeavor, you made history as our first class with our new college partner, Atlanta Metropolitan State College. You all learned new skills during the Learning & Development phase. You smoothly transitioned to the Internship phase and made a lasting impact on our corporate partners’ teams. You persisted in this program during the height of the pandemic, working virtually.
There is a level of dedication that you have demonstrated over the year that speaks volumes. You have attended Monday Morning Opener, Friday Feedback, Internship Seminar and all the classes and events in between. You did this every week; demonstrating that you are indeed E.P.I.C. (empowered, professional, in demand, career-ready). At this juncture, you have victoriously made it to graduation. We honor these accomplishments.
Year Up is a MOVEMENT. This movement is dedicated to closing the opportunity divide, and positively impacting the lives of young people across this country. Here in Atlanta, our goal is, and always has been, to provide a strong foundation for our scholars. I hope that each of you walk away from your Year Up experience feeling supported, and sure of yourselves. Sure that you are able to transform your lives; the lives of your families; and the communities in which we serve. You ARE the movement.
My wish for you each of you, is that you boldly walk into the next phase of your adult lives. Set seemingly impossible goals. Then execute with the assiduity that you’ve shown over the past year within Year Up. Class of Summer 2021, I am extremely proud of the resilience that you have shown to make it to this point. The time is now to blaze new trails. On your next journey, please remember to lift as you climb, while continuing to do the work to close the Opportunity Divide.
Site Director, Year Up Greater Atlanta
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.