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Graduation Program

Graduate Welcome
Jesus Herrera Rizo, Year Up Intern at The Getty

Year Up Los Angeles Welcome
Jennifer Gutierrez-Caldwell, Site Director

College Partner Welcome
Dr. Jim Limbaugh, President, West Los Angeles College

Keynote Introduction
Alamir Smith-Sadat, Year Up Intern at Hulu

Keynote Address
Gerald Chertavian, Founder & CEO, Year Up

Awards Ceremony
Danny Martinez, Year Up Intern at Hulu
Dr. Tammy Hong, Employment Placement Manager
Monique Perez, Director of Business Development

Virtual Procession
Maurcus Dunson, Internship Services Manager

Congratulatory Remarks
Jennifer Gutierrez-Caldwell, Site Director

Alumni Oath
Meshak Unah, Year Up Graduate 2018, IT Technical Associate, Kaiser Permanente

Closing Remarks
Glennys Caro, Year Up Intern at Hulu

Graduate Speakers

Jesus Herrera Rizo
Year Up Intern at The Getty

Alamir Smith-Sadat
Year Up Intern at Hulu

Danny Martinez
Year Up Intern at Hulu

Glennys Caro
Year Up Intern at Hulu

Welcome Letter

Welcome to YULA’s Winter 2021 graduation page! 

At YULA, we are overwhelmed with gratitude, joy and excitement. This class has been through a Year Up experience like never before2020 brought many challenges: a global pandemic, racial injustices, police brutality and civil unrestAs a result of to the pandemic, we had to shift a very hands-on program to a completely virtual experience. While it was a completely different experience than what our graduates signed up for, they stayed true to their resolve to succeed! They excelled through the five months of learning and development and the six months of internship. Now they are ready to add their value to the corporate world.  

While our January 2021 graduates will be the last traditional Year Up cohort hosted at West Los Angeles College, Year Up is partnering with West Lost Angeles College, Los Angeles City College, and employers across the region to launch an innovative accelerated program in cybersecurity and information technology.  

Immense gratitude to the YULA team. Thank you for your unwavering belief in the work that we do. We experienced constant change and continued to push through to get our students to the finish line. Its been a true honor serving alongside of you.   

Our graduates are part of the solution to the economic injustices we face as a country. They are part of a larger movement to close the opportunity divide.  

Any organization and company will be lucky to have one of our graduates as part of their team. I cannot wait to see the contributions these bright, powerful young adults will make! 

In solidarity, 

Jennifer Gutierrez-Caldwell 
Site Director


¡Bienvenido a la página de graduación de invierno de 2021 de YULA! 

En YULA, estamos llenos de gratitud, alegría y emoción. Esta clase ha pasado por una experiencia de Year Up como nunca antes. 2020 trajo muchos desafíos: una pandemia mundial, injusticias raciales, brutalidad policial y disturbios civiles. Como resultado de la pandemia, tuvimos que cambiar un programa muy práctico a una experiencia completamente virtual. Una experiencia completamente diferente a la que nuestros graduados se inscribieronEllos mantuvieron fieles a su determinación de tener éxito!  

Tubieron mucho éxito durante los cinco meses de aprendizaje y desarrollo y de los seis meses de prácticas. Ahora están listos para agregar su valor al mundo corporativo. 

Nuestros graduados de enero de 2021 serán la última clase tradicional de Year Up en West Los Angeles College. Year Up se está asociando con West Lost Angeles College, Los Angeles City College y empleadores de toda la región para lanzar un innovador programa acelerado en ciberseguridad e información tecnología. 

Tengo agradecimiento inmenso al equipo de YULA. Gracias por su fe inquebrantable en el trabajo que hacemos. Experimentamos cambios constantes y continuamos avanzando para llevar a nuestros estudiantes  hasta el final. Ha sido un verdadero honor servir a su lado. 

Nuestros graduados son parte de la solución a las injusticias económicas que enfrentamos como país. Son parte de un movimiento más amplio para cerrar la brecha de oportunidades. 

Cualquier organización y empresa tendrá la suerte de en su equipo. ¡No puedo esperar a ver las contribuciones que harán estos jóvenes adultos brillantes y poderosos! 

En solidaridad, 

Jennifer Gutiérrez-Caldwell
Site Director

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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