How to get involved

our Programs

informational interviews & Mock interviews

A student will spend approximately 30 minutes interviewing an adult about their career and learn what education, training, and skills are required, or vice versa, an adult can serve as an employer giving a mock interview. (Interviews can be done over the phone.)


Job shadows

A student is paired with an employee whom they will follow during a regular workday. This allows youth to experience the workplace and to see first hand what tasks, responsibilities, and roles the career entails.

Workplace tours

A group of students will visit a workplace to learn about the organization, ask questions, meet employees, and observe them in action.


Have one on one conversations to help a student build a clearer path to their future career. Assess their skills/interests, provide them guidance, and connect them to resources.


A student gains experience by doing real work at a workplace. The intern may be responsible for a small project or set of tasks. The intern can work in teams or a variety of departments. Internships can be during the summer or school year and range from a few months to a year.

college and career expos

60-400 students will interact with approximately 10-24 exhibitors who reflect various job sectors in CA . They will ask adults questions about their careers and organization. We provide a table and 2 chairs and you or a rep should bring a tablecloth or sign that indicates to students what you do or where you work. 

career panels

3-5 adults will share their career journey with 30-90 students. Students will have the opportunity to ask adults questions and hear more about their unique background. Panels give adults the opportunity to share practical advice, engage in conversation, and allow students to see the differences and similarities between careers.

career speaker

1 adult will spend between 20-60 minutes showing 15-50 students what their career entails in greater depth. The adult is encouraged to either give a presentation, do a demonstration, and/or an activity that allows students to visualize the career. Career speakers should come prepared with a plan and be comfortable speaking with youth.

radio show guest

YFIOB has a show called “What To Be” where our interns interview and highlight the career journeys of inspirational people in Santa Cruz County. Shows are pre-recorded.

Listen to our Radio Show!

Knowledge is Power. When you participate in our programs, you empower students through sharing your knowledge.

Meeting by appointment only

399 Encinal St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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