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2/6/2017 MEDIA ADVISORY: Rep. Casimiro highlights Year Up Providence graduation on Wednesday
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Julie A. Casimiro (D-Dist. 31, North Kingstown, Exeter) will be attending the graduation of 75 students from the Year Up Providence program on Wednesday, February 8 at 8:30 a.m. at the Rhode Island Convention Center.  Representative Casimiro, who is also a mentor with the program, will be joined at the event by Governor Gina Raimondo, Lt. Governor Daniel McKee, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, and Central Falls Mayor James Diossa. 

Year Up, a workforce development and education program for young adults in Rhode Island, is celebrating the graduation of its 23rd class.

The event will recognize the talent and accomplishments of 75 young adults who have dedicated a year of their lives to reaching their full potential and will go on to achieve professional success. Year Up aims for 85% of its graduates to attain positive outcomes four months after graduation: either full-time employment at an average wage of $16 an hour, or full-time higher education four months after graduation. In the last graduating class, 100% of graduates achieved this goal.

Graduation, which includes speakers from the graduating class, also recognizes leaders from Year Up employer partners, mentors, and supervisors who provide countless hours of support and dedication to our young adults. The keynote will be Paul Salem, Year Up National Board Chairman and Co-Founder & CEO, Providence Equity Partners. Other notable speakers include Year Up Founder & CEO, Gerald Chertavian and Governor Gina Raimondo.

Year Up is a national nonprofit organization that enables low-income young adults to move from poverty to professional careers in just one year.  We seek to close the Opportunity Divide that exists between young people in need of opportunity and employers in need of their talent. The Year Up program prepares young adults for the workforce by combining marketable job skills, stipends, college credits, and internships with local employers such as Hasbro, IGT, Lifespan and Textron.

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903