If you could have dinner with 1 person who you regard as a leader, who would it be and why?

Definitely Junot Diaz; He definitely has a lot to say about current social movements and occurrences and I would enjoy having a conversation with him about his thoughts generally.

What motivates you to create social impact?

My biggest motivation would be knowing that social impact can lead to sustainability and autonomy for communities being served.

Host Site Overview

Year Up’s mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.

Host Site Project

Year Up continues to innovate on the ground and scale our direct service efforts in cities around the country and partnering to support millions of young adults in the Opportunity Divide. As Year Up has trained thousands of opportunity youth and equipped them with the professional skills they need to thrive, we have worked with employers to see and engage with opportunity youth nation-wide. By leveraging our program’s success and credibility, our external engagement strategies have focused on the “3 Ps”: perceptions about urban young adults (who are essential economic assets, not social liabilities); practices (around talent pipeline sourcing and hiring); and public policies (related to workforce development, education, and tax policies that shape America’s talent pool). The goal of each of the 3Ps is to change practices such that employers of all sizes engage in mentoring, internship, training, and hiring initiatives in order to give job skills to opportunity youth (i.e. young adults ages 16-24 who are currently out of school and out of work). The New Sector Fellow will focus on the 3rd P (practices) by supporting partnership development with direct service providers (i.e. non-profit organizations that work with young adults and do workforce development training) who can act as their partners. This requires a deep understanding of the provider landscape across the country and developing a broad network of contacts at these partner organizations. The position would play a central support role in our efforts to increase our network of direct service provider partners, in addition to supporting the broader team activities. Other current systems change activities that this position may support include working with the Harvard Business School U.S. Competitiveness Project to develop a feasibility model for creating employment pathways and organizing partner convenings to continue to seed the demand approach.