Feb 27

Terrell Johnson is a Year Up Boston graduate from the Class of January ‘11, New York Life. He is currently an economics major at Bunker Hill Community College and wants to collaborate with others who want to build sustainable food and clothing businesses in Boston. He’s another great example of a Legacy of Change in action.

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Listen to Margarita Polanco, Class of July ‘10, share her vision for a start-up Etiquette to Success. It’s another great example of our Legacy of Change in action. If you are interested in supporting young women in Boston advance professionally, you should connect with her.

Fantastic videography was also produced by YU Boston grad Jelani Lynch. Legacy Jumpstarter is a fully Year Up Alumni produced project.

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Jan 16

Supporting Working Families

Year Up Boston interns and soon-to-be alumni (from left) Denise Tinsley, Consuela Harrison, and Denisse Tejada recently participated in a legislative briefing at the Massachusetts State House to support a the Pathways to Family Success Act, developed by our partners at the Worker’s Pathway Coalition. The bill proposes funding a $3 million in competitive grants to programs that will provide training and support services to working parents seeking more skills and lasting careers.

Denise, Consuela, and Denisse are all proud, working moms who are really excited about connecting with other Year Up parents. They will be strong advocates for the Pathways to Family Success bill in the coming months! Stay tuned for more updates.

*The bill is being sponsored by MA Rep. Kay Kahn of Newton and MA Sen. Eileen Donoghue of Lowell.

Jan 11

Year Up Boston interns are reflecting on what their legacy will be. Just 20 days until they officially are Alumni!

The New Class

Oct 26

Last night, in a lecture hall at Roxbury Community College, a group of individuals discussed and devised ways to spread the word to our peers about voting. In the words of my good friend Christopher Endouazin, “If you don’t vote, you don’t have the right to complain”.  Mr. Rufus Faulk of Roxbury was our Keynote speaker. He did not come to us to talk politics; he came to us to talk about the real life situations and how we can bring down the ladder of success for someone else in our community. I want to thank everyone who came out to support this momentous occasion. I hope we have many more like this. And remember: NO VOTE ~ NO VOICE

Oct 01

The summit really made an impact on me. As soon as I got back to work the recruiters I work with were curious about where I had been! So I told them about Year Up and how they have a lot of young skilled and motivated young adults like me. This week I was able to send my Year Up site 5 job descriptions both technical and administrative. 

Also, I’ve spend my weekends with my younger cousins and my weekdays texting my young lady friends. They are just a couple years younger than me but I’m happy I can be encouraging and supportive! 

Submitted by Mahogany Montgomery

Sep 28


Gerald Chertavian Speaking in front of more than 150 YearUp Alumni that gathered in Washington, DC to lead a legacy of change across the nation! 

“One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.” ― John F. Kennedy

Submitted by: Roberto Velazquez

Sep 24

My legacy is paying it forward and helping someone else get even further than where I am while encouraging them to not settle for less. I serve as a mentor to many and a in direct leader to all. In my experience of mentoring both Year Up alumni and small children, I found that they have taught me so much more and push me to want to continue to do what I am doing. Also in doing community service without someone telling you you have to, means so much more. I will continue to show my fellow alum that anything is possible with focus, determination, and vision.

Sep 18

The Inaugural Year Up Boston 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, August 11 at Roberto Clemente Field in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood. Year Up Boston alumni and friends helped to raise money for Year Up Boston alumni scholarships!

What's your legacy of change?