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Year Up – A Program to Address the Opportunity Divide

The center of the political universe is going to shift to New Hampshire for the first in the nation primary this week. One of the candidates that my children and I have been following is Andrew Yang. I have started to read his book entitled, “The War on Normal People.” The statistics and predictions for the future are depressing, but one group is doing something to bridge the opportunity divide with truly remarkable results.

Year Up logo

Year Up

If you are wondering what does Year Up have to do with 3D laser scanning, lidar, autonomous vehicles, drones and more; my answer is – everything! Particularly if you have been following our efforts to support and develop Younger Geospatial Professionals – YGPs.

This is an amazing story of what can and is being done by the Year Up team to change people’s lives, 4,000 at a time.

Gerald Chertavian is dedicated to closing the Opportunity Divide that exists in our nation. Determined to make his vision a reality, Gerald combined his entrepreneurial skills and his passion for working with urban young adults to found Year Up in 2000.With its annual operating budget in excess of $130M, Year Up is one of the fastest growing non-profits in the nation. It has been recognized by Fast Company and The Monitor Group as one of the top 25 organizations using business excellence to engineer social change. Year Up has also been named one of the nation’s top 50 non-profits to work for by the Non-Profit Times for the past seven years.

To understand what Gerald and his team are doing to close the Opportunity Divide have a look at this video.

Now our challenge is to leverage this effort in each of our local regions to change the lives of thousands of young people. The good news is there are a number of chapters spread across the U.S. For more information click here.

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