YUBA is a local and highly impactful chapter of Year Up, a national nonprofit whose mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the professional skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. YUBA has amazing partners like Salesforce, Facebook, Microsoft, Workday, Amazon, and many other leading organizations. Jeff Weiner (founder of LinkedIn), the CEO of Accenture, DocuSign, and many others have all played a key role in the success of Year Up.
As a mentor at YUBA, each year Andrew met with two inspiring young adults every other week as they intern with the aforementioned partners. He would provide focused coaching and mentorship to them over a 6-month period. These amazing individuals are persevering through adverse conditions, and are deeply committed to establishing the foundation for the rest of their professional careers. It's an extremely rewarding experience and phenomenal program that drives fantastic results.
Through his experience working with YUBA, Andrew realized he wanted to give back to the very place he came from, a place that has fostered tremendous success for a small group of individuals but is short on resources to extend that opportunity to the greater community. Together with his mother Lili, they worked to assemble a team of like-minded people who shared their vision, and TalentDreams was born.