My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Your Future Is Our Business, Santa Cruz, CA, USA
My name is Malina and I became a part of the YFIOB Intern team in December 2017 as the Administrations/Operations intern. One of my major responsibilities upon joining Your Future Future Is Our Business was coordinating the 17th Annual Business/Education Luncheon which is a work-based learning experience that shares and celebrates the work of Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes and is an opportunity for us to thank all of the schools, educators, businesses, professionals, and community members who have participated and/or contributed in some way to YFIOB's programs. This three-hour event brought in approximately 245 guests (an all-time high!), 15 table sponsors, as well as teacher and student representation from 18 different CTE classes in the county. I also recently coordinated Soquel High School's Career Expo which connected hundreds of students with 22 various businesses and organizations representing 15 different industry sectors as well as the Renaissance High School Career Expo.
Some of the most valuable lessons that I've learned from working at Your Future Is Our Business are 1) that the future and success of our youth depends on what we do NOW and 2) the strength of a community depends on how much we are willing to give, learn, and grow from one another. There is a passion or project for every student and we are responsible for starting the conversation and connecting them to someone who can help them discover new career(s) that they can pursue. Your Future Is Our Business is leading the way building a bridge between students and professionals who can lead them in the right direction.
When we expose youth to a diverse option of careers and give them the resources they need, our community becomes more diverse and the resources become more abundant. All of us at YFIOB have seen firsthand how much it has grown in such little time and how much more it will grow. Every day we connect ourselves to new members in the community and those people connect us to other people, and so on like a giant web. Working for YFIOB has taught me that it is crucial to not only take into consideration the opinions of those whom we work with but to always be willing to adapt, change, and improve or else the web will not be as strong as it could be. Without the continuous support of local organizations and businesses, we would not be able to do what we do!