Linking Students to Careers


Our Mission

Our mission 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.

What We Do

We provide work-based learning opportunities like expos, panels, guest speakers and more to elementary, middle, and high school students as well as internships for post-secondary students. Students get to explore a variety of career options and interact with professionals currently working in the industry. We provide real-world exposure and connect youth to adults who can assist youth with finding their path. Nothing is more valuable than hands-on experience.

Not every student has access to a network of connections, awareness of opportunities, or the resources they need. We know that young people struggle with figuring out what they want to do for their future, networking, and gaining the experience necessary to get a job and get their career started. We bridge the gap between education and the real world by exposing them to a variety of careers, introducing youth to new career sectors, and developing partnerships with educators, employers, and community members. We know that when youth can see a place for themselves in the world and have a meaningful, positive support system, they will believe in themselves, and fight for a better future for all. Our goal is to bring opportunities and programs to schools to reduce barriers such as transportation and increase access and awareness of the possibilities that exist.

20th Annual Business/Education Luncheon

We will be hosting our 20th Annual Education/Business luncheon on April 22nd, 2021 from 12-1pm virtually via Zoom.  During our luncheon, we recognize and celebrate all the community partners and educators who have dedicated their time to providing work-based learning opportunities and helping students explore careers. Attendees will have the opportunity to see what Career and Technical education classes have been able to achieve and have the chance to hear speeches from inspiring student scholarship winners. This year’s event will include breakout rooms, a raffle, and will be an inspiring and interactive event!  RSVP Here!
For sponsorship, scholarship, and partnership opportunities, see flyers below or email
Looking for information on last year’s luncheon? Follow this link.


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

1000 +
"Links" Career Experience Providers
3500 +
Students served every year

Commitment to Racial and Social Equity and Inclusion

Your Future Is Our Business is committed to achieving racial and social equity through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for all members in our community. We value all qualities that make each individual who they are and we encourage every person to bring their unique perspective and experience to advance our mission of helping every student explore and find a career that is right for them. We are committed to partnering up with organizations in our community to pool resources and expand program offerings to underrepresented members. A diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace is one where all employees and volunteers, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability, is seen, valued, and respected. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and provide equal opportunity for employment and advancement in our organization. We commit to using these practices for our organization and holding our communities and partners to the same standard.

Our Sponsors and Partners

“I joined YFIOB because I want to pay it forward - I proudly stand on the shoulders of caring adults whom joined my parents in mentoring, guiding, and empowering me to tap into my greatest potential. I know what it’s like to be connected to your community because caring adults provided an authentic space for you to use your voice and talents to make lasting change. YFIOB gives me the opportunity to be the encouraging leader cheering for our Santa Cruz County youth. I encourage young people to listen to their passion and follow it – they are the authors of their future plans and goals, be grounded in who you are and write your story!”
"THANK YOU SO MUCH!! The career panel was definitely a success and a refreshing break from the norm for my staff and students. I really appreciate everyone's time and energy on this. Malina thank you so much for organizing. We would like to arrange at least 2 panels for next year! You guys are awesome."
Tierney Long
Socio-emotional Counselor, New School Community Day School
"Our community is blessed with the only business and educational partner providing work based learning opportunities for students that I am aware of. I have had the pleasure of participating in YFIOB events since 2008 and have served on the Board for many years. All of the YFIOB Board members I have worked with have worked with have been enthusiastic and active participants. In my 12 year history with YFIOB, I have seen several Board Presidents bring their unique leadership to the organization but Mary has taken this program to another level. Her development of young adult engagement in the program was the clear direction the program needed. One of the pillars of a strong career and technical education program is that every student participates in an active work based learning program. YFIOB should be the leader in this area for all students in Santa Cruz County."
Mark Hodges
Former Senior Director, Santa Cruz County Career Technical Education Partnership

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399 Encinal St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

TAX ID 77-0563559

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