Year Up Promotes Ellen McClain to President to Lead the Organization in Expanding Access to Opportunities for Young Adults and Impacting Employer Systems

National Workforce Development Organization a book the largest revenue impact ever reported in a randomized controlled trial; now seeks to serve ten times as many students per year by 2030

BOSTON, September 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The National Workforce Development Organization Year up to announced that he had promoted Ellen McClain to the President to lead Year Up as it pursues the next phase of its growth strategy, focusing on improving access to opportunities for young adults and impacting employer systems. Over the past seven years, Ellen has applied deep executive leadership skills, first as Chief Financial Officer and more recently as Chief Operating Officer, to help the organization successfully manage dual growth. numbers of students served, sustaining itself during a pandemic, and advancing an internal diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging practice. Founder Gerald Chertavian will continue to act as CEO, working closely with McClain.

“As President, Ellen’s collaborative leadership style, results orientation and high standards of operational excellence will enable us to reach even more young people on the wrong side of the opportunity divide and ensure their continued progression in the workplace,” Chertavian said. “Ellen’s personal connection to our mission, her ability to navigate complexity and her commitment to nurturing a culture of belonging for a diverse workforce will remain critical to our long-term success.”

“It’s an exciting time for Year Up, which has tremendous support from business partners, philanthropic investors and Year Up graduates who believe, like us, that it’s possible to break down the barriers that keep so many young people from finding a family. keeping jobs,” McClain said. “Leveraging our deep relationships with the business community, we want to connect and collaborate across a broad ecosystem of training providers, community colleges, coalitions workforce and beyond to support young people who have talent but lack access to affordable education, training and business connections. At Year Up, we strive to create an environment where employees and students are seen, heard and respected for all aspects of who they are. As we advance our strategy, we want employers to have access to the diverse talent they need and, ideally, the best practices for creating thriving multi-racial and multi-ethnic cultures of belonging become the business norm. »

Nationally, 80% of Year Up graduates are employed or attending college within four months of completing the program, with average starting salaries of $48,000/year. In May 2022the federally sponsored program Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) Year Up follow-up evaluation showed that over the six years following the program, young adults randomly assigned to Year Up earned 30% more than similar young adults in a control group – the largest impact on earnings reported at this time. day for a labor program tested in a randomized controlled trial.

Learn more about Ellen McClain
For more than 25 years, Ellen McClain has extensive professional management experience as CFO and COO in businesses at various stages of development, including a rapidly growing television station group and a mature sports and gaming business. She currently serves on the board of directors of Crane Co., a diversified manufacturing company (NYSE:CR) and HISA, the Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Authority. McClain earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from brown university and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University.

About Year Up Inc.
Year Up is a national 501(c)3 workforce development organization committed to ensuring equitable access to economic opportunity, education, and justice for all young adults, regardless of their origins, their income or their postal code. Year Up uses a high expectation, high support model where students learn in-demand technical and professional skills and apply them during a work placement. Year Up has served more than 34,000 young adults on 35 campuses since its founding in 2000 and was voted one of the “Best Nonprofits to Work For” by The NonProfit Times. To learn more, visit http://www.yearup.organd follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, instagram, Twitter and ICT Tac.


Virginia S. Braud