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Public Policy Student Earns LeadersUp Fellowship Opportunity to conduct research on business investment

By Adeney Zo
UCLA Luskin Student Writer

Ascending Public Policy student Crissy Chung has been awarded the LeadersUp Fellowship for the upcoming summer 2015 term.

LeadersUp is an organization founded by the Starbucks Corporation and other major U.S. businesses in an effort to mobilize businesses into hiring young graduates, or “Opportunity Youth.” Through funding demonstration projects at partner businesses, the organization aims to demonstrate the viability of hiring young workers and tackle the growing issue of youth unemployment.

Graduate fellows help monitor these demonstration projects, collecting data and measuring returns on business investment for Opportunity Youth. Their research acts as an important quantitative component of the program initiative: to provide results-based proof of the value of hiring Opportunity Youth. Chung is one of three graduate fellows selected for this program and will work through the months of June, July, and August 2015.