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Darlene Marshall, author

I write award-winning historical romance about pirates, privateers, smugglers and the occasional possum.

A Year Up: Rediscovering America and the Talent Within - Gerald Chertavian Disclaimer--My son works for Year Up, and this makes me very proud.I was interested in learning more about this non-profit and their goal of closing the "opportunity gap" ever since my son first told me of Year Up's mission. Reading Chertavian's tale of how he pulled together private business and motivated urban youth was inspiring, and a great story of how people want to succeed, but oftentimes need the most basic of tools--a decent wardrobe, a caring mentor, an alarm clock, to get to work on time.I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn what's being done to help young people succeed against the odds, and how businesses working with motivated and talented young people create a true win/win for the individuals, and for American society as a whole.