Creating Social Value Blog / Tag: Year Up

Jesseca Timmons

Notes from the Case Files: Finding the Stories

By Jesseca P. Timmons, a case writer in Entrepreneurial Studies and Social Entrepreneurship for The Lewis Institute at Babson College. Case studies are a little bit mysterious: where do they come from? Who writes them? How do we pick what companies to write about? The answer is, it’s a little bit different every time—but Babson…

Jesseca Timmons

Notes from the Case Files: Mission Accomplished

By Jesseca P. Timmons, a case writer in Entrepreneurial Studies and Social Entrepreneurship for The Lewis Institute at Babson College. After spending six months writing our case on Year Up, I really wanted to be there when Gerald Chertavian attended Ed Marram’s Managing a Growing Business class as a guest speaker. Ed and I were…

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Notes from the Case Files: Learning by Doing

By Jesseca P. Timmons, a case writer in Entrepreneurial Studies and Social Entrepreneurship for The Lewis Institute at Babson College. In the fascinating six-month process of writing a case on Year Up, we learned Year Up is very different from most other organizations which focus on inner city youth. Unlike Teach for America or City…

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Notes from the Case Files: The Opportunity Gap

By Jesseca P. Timmons, a case writer in Entrepreneurial Studies and Social Entrepreneurship for the Lewis Institute at Babson College. Meeting social entrepreneur Gerald Chertavian, founder of Year Up, opened my eyes to an issue I had been only vaguely aware of: the nationwide “skills gap,” which he also describes as the “opportunity gap.” Gerald,…

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Notes from the Case Files: The Passion Behind Year Up

By Jesseca P. Timmons, a case writer in Entrepreneurial Studies and Social Entrepreneurship for the Lewis Institute at Babson College. Meeting amazing entrepreneurs—whether they are born social entrepreneurs such as Adam Braun, innovative “intra-preneurs” like Sy Friedland (who I will write about soon) or grassroots founders with truly astounding instincts and drive, like Jon Feinman—is…