Over the years, I have run over 60 marathons...including Boston in April 2005 and a 1/2 Marathon in Astana, Kazakhstan in September 2013 (pictured above)...and like many, I was disturbed by the tragic events at last year's Boston Marathon. Part of the problem may be that young adults - especially in their late teens and early twenties - don't always have access to sufficient training or mentorship to succeed in life. Could this have been one of the contributing factors to last year's problem?
I am running this year in honor of Year Up an organization that seeks to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.
Year Up's Vision
In the future, every urban young adult will have access to the education, experiences, and guidance required to realize his or her true potential.
Year Up's Mission
Year Up's mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.
We achieve this mission through a high support, high expectation model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, internships and college credits. Our holistic approach focuses on students' professional and personal development to place these young adults on a viable path to economic self-sufficiency.
Year Up has supported over 8,000 young adults since its founding in 2000. Please support me as I support Year Up in its important mission.
Thanks and see you on Patriots' Day in Boston!!