'Year Up' program provides opportunity for youths

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ROANOKE (WSLS10) - A national non-profit program aims to help students all over the country.

The 'Year Up' program says it empowers low-income young adults by helping them out of poverty and getting them into professional careers in a single year.

The program offers six months of training and a six month corporate internship in information technology, finance, or customer service.

'Year Up' also offers a daily stipend and college credit for participants.

The program's founder say 'Year Up' helps youth find opportunity.

"We know that talent is distributed evenly across this country, yet opportunity is not," said Gerald Chertavian, Year Up's founder and CEO.

'Year Up' reports 85-percent of its alums have a full time job or are enrolled in college full time within four months of completing the program.

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