Mid-Year Report 2016

By May 27, 2016Newsletter

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Below are some highlights from the first half of our year.
We are excited to spend the rest of the year EMPOWERING and CONNECTING young people to the Silicon Valley economy through education, networking, career-readiness, and asset building.

  • Our third LiveAble:Women cohort finished in March. We celebrated with 14 women and their children.
  • FutureProfits served 1,000 students in 47 classes this spring. We also partnered with many organizations like Live In Peace to help students prepare for college.
  • The first 2016 FutureProfits Lab was hosted at Woodruff, Sawyer & Co. in San Francisco. Students were inspired by employee’s career paths and stories.
  • Google donated 20 Chromebooks to our LiveAble program. Cohort members use these computers take the StrengthsFinder assessment and look for employment.
  • Canada College Sparkpoint Center hosted a tour for LiveAble in April. Six members have already enrolled in college after this trip.
  • In January, East Palo Alto Academy partnered with FutureProfits to host an instructor training night for 23 volunteers.
  • Our fourth LiveAble:Women cohort started in February. Nine of the cohort women attended a women’s retreat in April at Mt. Hermon.


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Thank you to those who have participated in our different matching opportunities. Your generous donations continue to encourage us. You have helped us raise 85% of our budget in 8 months! Help us finish the year strong by September 2016.
Help Able Works finish strong!

Learn how Brianda, a recent LiveAble:Women graduate found stable housing through the Able Works community.




One night during college, I went for a drive to be alone and to clear my head. I drove around for a couple of hours and ended up at the top of a mountain looking over the Los Angeles basin. Although the view was beautiful, it was late, and I realized I didn’t know how I got there or how to get home (this was before GPS and smart phones). As the tiredness and panic set in, I dreaded the unknown journey back down the mountain and across the valley to my dorm. I chided myself for not turning around earlier.

Maybe you, like me, have had a similar experience in your educational or career life. You decided to go down one road only to find that it didn’t lead where you wanted to go; or because of difficult circumstances, you quickly chose a path without thinking about the destination. Without clear markers, road signs or a guide, it was easy to become disoriented, directionless and lost.

Screen Shot 2016-04-27 at 10.53.04 AMThis was Brianda’s story before she started our LiveAble:Women cohort. She was directionless. She had two children, was unemployed, lived with her parents and felt stuck in an unhealthy relationship. One of Brianda’s largest obstacles was finding housing. Providing a stable home for her children was her number one priority and by the time she started the cohort, she had been searching for over two years. Able Works put out a call for help and Jeff Sampson, one of our longest standing FutureProfits volunteers, responded. Jeff and his wife Janna recently decided to use their rental property for the community, and when they heard Brianda’s need, they knew it was the right fit. Once Brianda overcame this first obstacle, she took off.

Through the support of our staff, donors like you, and in Brianda’s case, a FutureProfits volunteer, she found her way back to safety. LiveAble provided the road markers, the cohort participants became her navigation team, and she made it down the mountain. Brianda now holds down two jobs, is enrolled in college, and has decided to wait for the right, healthy relationship. She is an encouragement to her children, family and to us!

LiveAble provides opportunities for young families to build community with one another, set and attain life goals, manage critical roadblocks, and find the right career path. Thank you to all who have donated and volunteered. Brianda is one of many program participants who has benefitted from the Able Works community partnering together.

Kirsten-bio copyKirsten Warner-Davies
Communications & Development Manager