Linking Students to Careers

BUSINESS LEADERS. EDUCATORS. BRIDGE BUILDERS. YFIOB IS DEDICATED TO PROVIDING EVERY SANTA CRUZ COUNTY STUDENT WITH OPPORTUNITIES TO FORGE A PATH TO A FULFILLING AND SUCCESSFUL CAREER.

Your Future Is Our Business Response to Coronavirus

​April 3rd, 2020
Dear YFIOB and LINK partners,

Your Future Is Our Business, along with our entire community, places the health and well-being of our community above all else. School District Superintendents and the Santa Cruz County Office of Education have decided in concurrence with the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency to close all public Santa Cruz County schools through the 2020 school year. YFIOB partners with schools throughout Santa Cruz County and accordingly, we will not be providing any in-person career exploration activities or programs. However, we will continue our radio show/podcast What To Be which is a free, valuable online resource that provides a way for students to hear an information interview with a different person each week and learn about the variety of careers that exist. We encourage those who want to be involved in our organization to sign up to be guests on the show and sharing their career knowledge by emailing whattoberadio@gmail.com. We will continue to carefully monitor the developing response to the coronavirus and make decisions in alignment with our partners, the schools and school districts. We value all that you do for our community, our youth, and we look forward to engaging you in opportunities as soon as possible.

Be well,
Mary Gaukel Forster
Executive Director
Your Future Is Our Business

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Want to help youth?
Sign up to be a guest on our radio show/podcast, What To Be ! 
We conduct informational interviews with adults to learn about their careers.
40+ episodes available (what-to-be.pinecast.co) or tune in on Sundays at 7pm at 90.7FM KSQD Santa Cruz.
Contact whattoberadio@gmail.com if you have questions, comments, or requests for future guests we should interview!
 Schedule an interview here: https://calendly.com/linksantacruz/whattobe
and our team will follow up with additional information!

19th Annual Business and Education Luncheon

OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM YOUR FUTURE IS OUR BUSINESS

In response to growing concerns regarding COVID-19, Coronavirus, and official guidance from the Santa Cruz County Public Health, we are devastated to announce that Your Future Is Our Business’ 19th Annual Business and Education Luncheon scheduled for Friday, March 13th, 2020 has been canceled.

Santa Cruz County Public Health advises “canceling large in-person meetings and conferences of about 50 people or more with prolonged close contact”. This decision was made in consultation with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the State of California.

The health, safety and well-being of our community is our top priority. We are committed to doing our part to help protect our staff, attendees, and community. We are now working through the ramifications of this unprecedented situation. We understand the gravity of the situation for all guests, vendors, students, educators, and other community partners that planned on attending.  

Although our March Luncheon event will not take place this year, we will continue to strive toward our mission of helping students to discover a successful and fulfilling career in their future.  We will be sending out a newsletter to announce and honor the scholarship winners. Please be checking our website to view the excellent scholarship winner applications and Public Service Announcement Video created by Santa Cruz County students.  YFIOB is grateful to partner with a community that gives such strong support to our students as they explore their futures.

2020 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Jaqueline Rodriguez-Villagran, Career and Technical Education Scholarship
Teresa Marina Hurtado-Tyner, Career and Technical Education Scholarship
Abigail Monroy, Career and Technical Education Scholarship
Lizeth Calederon, Career and Technical Education Scholarship
Issac Lincoln, Alan Stormes Memorial Scholarship
Freya Cranston, Ralph Peduto Memorial Scholarship
Josue Vega-Jungo, Rick Gaukel Memorial Scholarship
Jaxon Feasel, Defib This Scholarship
Eve Cunningham, Defib This Scholarship
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Defib This Scholarship Video Winner 2020, Eve Cunningham

Luncheon 2020 CTE Public Service Announcement Video Winner

Student: Bodie   Teacher: Nehal Pfieffer, Biotechnology

Thank You To Our Incredible Sponsors!

Kristy Stormes
Winston George Whittaker
Les Forster
Mary Gaukel Forster

Thank You To Our Incredible Donors!

Janet Stormes
Progressive Benefit Group
Ernestine Jensen
Cary Cheng
Jim Bland

2020 TEACHER OF THE YEAR

 

CTE Biotechnology Instructor, Nehal Pfeiffer

 

Our Mission

Your Future Is Our Business’s mission is to provide every Santa Cruz County student with opportunities to discover a fulfilling and successful career by linking students to career exploration opportunities in our county.

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Making a Difference

Here is a quick glance at our numbers on how we are making an impact to students and the community.

1000 +
Opportunities
52
Users on LINK
3500 +
Students served every year

Programs

Our programs provide work-based learning opportunities to middle and high school students. They work directly with professionals in specific industries to explore a variety of career options. Our goal is to provide real-world exposure and practical advice on choosing a career path. Nothing is more valuable than hands-on experience.

What We Do

Our goal is to provide every Santa Cruz County student with opportunities to discover a fulfilling and successful career. In the modern, shifting workplace, students need to make informed decisions that empower them to forge careers. We bring schools and businesses together to support students in becoming Santa Cruz County’s next generation of workers. It’s all about providing young people clear direction in their lives.

Our Sponsors

yourfutureisourbusiness@gmail.com

Meeting by appointment only

399 Encinal St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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