Our year-end report was released earlier this fall. In it you will find a few of the life-changing stories that happened this year at Able Works.
It seems like every day we hear stories about the challenges of living in Silicon Valley – astronomical rents, increasing income disparity, the limitations of our educational system… great challenges abound. On the other hand, we live in the valley of innovation. Within miles of the Able Works office, great companies are founded, products are launched and new approaches to problems are developed. Great opportunities are at our doorstep.
This year Able Works chose “onramps” as a metaphor for our work. Our goal is to provide the opportunities around us and strategies to overcome the daily challenges facing our community.
Please take time to read about the important ways our core programs provide access to Silicon Valley and watch the videos that highlight the personal stories of Cynthia and some FutureProfits students.
LiveAble helps young families move from surviving to thriving by focusing on overcoming the emotional, physical and economic barriers that hinder economic self-sufficiency.
“The cohort definitely helps you find a little light, even though everything seems dark. It helps.”
Like many moms in East Palo Alto, Cynthia struggled to create a stable life for herself and her twin boys, and didn’t know where to start.
Before joining the cohort, Cynthia struggled finding stable housing, living in unsafe situations like an unfinished garage and single rooms. Additionally, she lacked a well paying job that provided enough to support her family.
FutureProfits serves under-resourced high school students each week, from San Carlos to Sunnyvale, by equipping them with financial literacy, life and decision-making skills.
“The FutureProfits teachers are like family…they make you feel like they aren’t just teaching you but that you’re learning together about life.”
For over eight years, FutureProfits has been the leading financial education curriculum teaching under-resourced high school students in the San Francisco Bay Area.
This year we have seen many examples of the program and our volunteers’ impact on young students as they face the realities of life after high school.