February Newsletter

By February 22, 2017Newsletter

We need you to help us meet the match!


Last week at the Able:Forum, Able Works announced that we’ve been given the valuable opportunity to match your gift through a generous matching gift challenge!

So far, we’ve raised $9,998! UPDATE: We’ve raised $14,998!

But we need more help! There are two ways to give:

  • 2:1 match for one-time gift within one week of the Able:Forum – EXTENDED through midnight Thursday 2/23!
  • 3:1 match for monthly gifts initiated this Spring. These gifts are matched immediately. This means your $50 monthly gift unlocks $1,800 for Able Works now!

Thank you for supporting our mission to move youth and young moms from surviving to thriving!

Please, give today!

Connecting the dots for Samuel

FutureProfits volunteer Instructor helps students at East Palo Alto Academy with an assignment.

“No one ever asked me about my future,” Samuel* told Sue Johnson, Able Works Director of Programs, about the difference between his sophomore class at East Palo Alto Academy and his old school in El Salvador. Sue was observing a FutureProfits class and stepped in to help interpret for Samuel, who is most proficient in Spanish.

Samuel also shared that he really enjoyed the FutureProfits classes and his excitement about his career goal, which is to be an auto mechanic. “Samuel was explaining to me all the steps he had to take to get his license. He told me that his FutureProfits instructors had taken the time to sit down with him and find out what he needed to accomplish to achieve his goal,” said Sue.

Samuel’s not ready yet to open his own car shop, but he plans to find a mentor to shadow, get advice and learn more about the cars that he loves. He’s hoping that will lead to a part-time job so he can save up for a degree from a vocational school.

Every week, FutureProfits helps connect the dots for thousands of high school students in eleven partner schools across the Bay Area, from Carlmont High in San Carlos to Arroyo High in San Lorenzo to Sequoia High in Redwood City. Under-resourced and immigrant students need the  education, financial knowledge and life-skills that FutureProfits provides to make the transition from surviving to thriving.

If you are interested in helping a student find her path to self-sufficiency, please email FutureProfits to learn how you can get involved.

*Name has been changed to protect identity.

Thank you for coming to #AbleForum2017!

From left to right: Taia Ergueta, panel moderator; Pastor Michael McBride; DA George Gascón; Heather Starnes-Logwood; and Frederick Hutson

Last Thursday, Able Works was honored to host #AbleForum2017, featuring a panel discussion with Pastor Michael McBride of the Way Christian Center in Berkley and PICO National Network, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, Heather Starnes-Logwood of Live in Peace, Inc., and Frederick Hutson of Pigeonly.

The discussion was enlightening and encouraging, bringing us better understanding of the effects of mass incarceration on our communities, but also sparking ideas for continuing conversations.

Here are some things you can do:

  • Keep listening and learning. We highly recommend Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
  • Start a discussion in your faith community
  • Be a champion for adequate legal representation and reduced sentencing laws
  • Hire or mentor a person in re-entry
  • Visit inmates in prisons and jails

If you enjoyed this event, or if you think it’s important for Able Works to continue bringing these conversations and resources to our community, please support Able Works today!