Year Up Chicago EP Podcast (a.k.a. The Notorious J.O.B.)

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March 22, 2021  

The Alumni Assistance Program - Something You Need to Know About

The podcast returns to welcome Jessica Leyva and Lonzo Wilson as guest hosts to discuss Year Up's Alumni Assistance Program (AAP) with Erin Mann, Director of Alumni Relations.

The AAP exists to connect alumni with a wide variety of resources around financial well-being, mental health, and other facets relating to quality of life. Please join us in this work to spread the word about this great resource.

More information on the AAP and how to connect can be found at this link on the Year Up Alumni website.

November 5, 2020  

Money Therapy with BADD Money Tx

The podcast's first guest hosts, Year Up alumni Tyme Anderson and Leslie Hodges, are joined by Alexandra Rafael.

Alexandra is the founder of BADD Money Tx and provides financial counseling with her expertise as a licensed clinical social worker. Tune in for this relevant and impactful conversation on building financial security amidst all the challenges of 2020 and beyond.

September 18, 2020  

Alumni Resources, You Say??

Ian and Larry are joined by the YUC Alumni Board Co-Chairs, Tyme Anderson and Yoko Acosta, and the Alumni Co-Steward, Pat Powell, to share about resources available for any Year Up alum. Tune in to learn about all the hard work each has been putting in for the alumni community!

Tyme and Yoko can be reached at

Pat can be reached at

Visit the Chicago alumni website here.

August 18, 2020  

Alumni Panel: Adjusting to Life After Year Up

A panel of alumni join the final Internship Seminar at Downtown Campus for the July 2020 class, talking about adjusting to a job search and transitioning into full-time work. The panel was recorded on July 22, 2020.

July 31, 2020  

Keys To The Job Search

It's graduation week at Year Up Chicago for the July 2020 class, and with that, Ian and Larry team up to lay out keys to the job search. Whether you just graduated or are re-entering the job market after some time away, tune in to ensure you leave no stone unturned in the journey.

July 10, 2020  

Staffing Agencies: A Job Search Essential

Staffing agencies are the most common way Year Up alumni find work after graduation, aside from conversions. In this week's episode, three of Year Up Chicago's closest staffing partners join the podcast to discuss the summer job market, how to best leverage their support, and why they love working with Year Up grads.

Sidney Lease at Tek Systems (

Sammy Gorbett at Brooksource (

Talia Persico at Medix (

June 26, 2020  

Susan Lucci on Practicing Regular Mindfulness, in Big Ways or Small

Mindfulness coach and longtime friend of Year Up, Susan Lucci, joins the podcast to discuss the importance of practicing mindfulness regularly--especially in these times--and suggests a few simple ways to start. Later in the episode (23:45), Susan leads a ten-minute breathing and meditation exercise.

See Susan's website at

June 12, 2020  

Lifting While You Climb with a Referral to Year Up

Faith Alaribe joins the podcast as Associate Director of Recruitment to talk about the value of Year Up during these difficult times. Later on, she describes the referral process and how alumni can earn $100 for a successful referral.

Potential trainees can apply here. Any questions about the referral process can be sent to Faith at

June 5, 2020  

Creating Positive Change Through Action, Expression, and Community with Reggie Cason

Amidst the country's mourning and outrage over the murder of George Floyd and other Black Americans, Reggie Cason of Year Up Atlanta joins the podcast to share about his work in the community through the Positive Arts Movement, his blog Positive Mindset Motivator, and at Year Up.

Reggie can be contacted at

May 15, 2020  

Foram Sheth on Living with a Growth Mindset and Effective Virtual Networking

Ian and Larry welcome special guest Foram Sheth, Chief Coaching Officer at Ama La Vida, to share what it means to have (or create) a growth mindset and how to maintain it when results are disappointing. Later on, Foram shares how a growth mindset can lead to effective virtual networking and making conversations mutually beneficial.

Foram can be reached at

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