Year Up Baltimore will host the Cohort 9 Graduation celebration on July 31st, 2015, at the Baltimore City Community College at 12 noon in the beautiful BCCC Fine Arts Theatre at 2901 Liberty Heights Avenue in Baltimore.
The graduation ceremony will feature a keynote address by, the Vice President and General Manager of Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions, Stephanie Hill.
Hill will join the ranks of former Year Up keynote speakers Congressman John Sarbanes, NAACP President Kwesi Mfume, Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, Baltimore City Councilman Kenneth Oliver, and Damion J. Cooper, Neighborhood Relations, Assistant for the Baltimore City Council President and a Certified Gang Awareness Intervention Trainer.
In five years of covering the amazing program founded by Gerald Chertavian, it has become abundantly clear that the benefits of helping urban youth in Baltimore by supporting Year Up far outweighs the costs to society by not helping young people to find their way.
It is an amazing achievement for Year Up graduates to resist the negative impact of peer pressure that has led many urban young people down a path of violence and destructive choices. Bad behavior is readily chronicled by the media. People often forget that many of these young people are still children, still growing, still young. They are not names people call them. They are young Americans in need of a helping hand. Year Up provides that hand.
On Wednesday August 27, 1975, this journalist met with Duane Harm, General Manager of KOTV News, to apply for a journalism internship. Harm told the aspiring newsman to return to his office after earning the Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism in four years. Harm said that he would give the journalist the journalism internship after he completed the required journalism degree.
After shaking hands and thanking the busy news executive for his time, the writer said he would return. After completing his journalism studies the writer returned to KOTV and, true to his word, Harm hired him as a journalism intern at KOTV. The internship made all the difference in a career that now spans over 40 years.
Internships can make a difference in the success of the youth of Baltimore. Contact Year Up Baltimore today if your company is interested in helping the young people in Baltimore to change their lives. atombash.com will cover the Year Up event for the sixth year. Stay tuned for photographs and interviews with Year Up graduates after the celebration.
“Our graduates are role models for their communities and we look forward to watching them, listening to them, and learning from them as they become our future leaders,” said Year Up Baltimore.
For more information on Year Up go to: www.yearup.org.