About Us

Our story

Your Future Is Our Business was formed in 1993 by a Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce education committee. Ever since 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.

We implement work-based learning, the educational strategy providing students with real-life experiences and the opportunity to improve their academic and technical skills while developing their employability. Our work includes building a countywide network of community leaders and businesses who see the talent and potential in our students. With this incredible support, we host monthly career panels and expos at various schools, ranging from K-12th grade. Students receive a real-world setting along with practical advice on planning a career path. We are fully staffed by college interns, supervised by a part-time executive director, all coordinating together to successfully run a non-profit organization.

Meet the team

YFIOB Staff and Board Members

Our talented and energetic college interns have brought new ideas, initiatives, and organization to our mission. I celebrate that Your Future Is Our Business provides work-based learning opportunities for college interns as they contribute back to the community. YFIOB supports the future of our students and our county. I am truly grateful to be doing this work with our college interns.

Mary Gaukel

Executive Director

  • Shareen Bell
  • Stacey Smith
  • Chris McGriff
  • Dave Weiss

The Team

Board of Directors

Intern Alumni

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