Connecting Students to Careers

Founded in 2017 by Your Future Is Our Business, a Santa Cruz County non-profit, LINK is a database designed to link Santa Cruz County educators and their students to Santa Cruz County business and community partners that are willing to help provide students career exploration opportunities.

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Anyone Willing to Make a Difference Can Join!

SIGN UP Career LINK Partners
    Choose this if you're willing to share your career path with youth in our county by:
    Informational Interviews, Career Speaker, Career Panels, College and Career Expos, or Job Site Visits
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    Choose this if you are a student at a Santa Cruz County school:
    See your teacher or counselor for sign-up information
About Us

Making an Impact


About Link

Providing a platform to the youth

Link is a tool developed by Your Future Is Our Business (YFIOB), a Santa Cruz County non-profit that provides students with work based learning experiences and career exploration. YFIOB developed LINK to provide educators with access to a network of committed community members who are offering to help youth. To learn more about Your Future Is Our Business and the experiences we provide, please go to

Stay Organized

Signing up makes it easy to link students

Signing up on Link gives you access to a database of contacts who have expressed and their desire and/or provided an opportunity for youth to learn more about their career or organization. Making an account allows you the ability to search through our network of professionals. We do the work of finding the people who will help you find an opportunity for your student.


Display the Impact You Make

Go Above and Beyond

By signing up on Link, you are expressing the desire to give back to the community and actively participate in the lives of youth. You are saying “YES” and taking real action to help guide students in the right direction so that they can follow their dreams and create a better future. Educators will see your name or your company’s name and know that you are truly dedicated to helping the community. Joining LINK is a free way to put you or your company’s name out there and potential gain a new customer!

Explore Careers

Choosing your dream job ahead of time

Rather than blindly searching and hoping, LINK gives students and their educators direct access to people or businesses who are offering opportunities. LINK provides students and educators with a starting point for exploring their career options and connects them to people who are willing to act and provide youth with experiences. We know how difficult it can be to figure out what career or pathway to choose, so we put in the effort to reach out to the right people that can provide you with the answers to your questions.


Community Events Bulletin Board

Check out these community events that are happening in Santa Cruz County!

Title Date Location Details Possible Careers Involved
NOTICE 03-12-2020All No further events will be posted during the Santa Cruz County Health Department recommendation to limit social contact to prevent the spread of the Chronavirus.

Click here to see our full list of evevnts!

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Mary Gaukel

Executive Director

"As a retired school administrator and the current Executive Director of Your Future Is Our Business, I have commitment to helping young people explore life’s option and reach their fullest potential."

  • Mission

    Our mission is to provide every Santa Cruz County student with opportunities to discover a fulfilling and successful career. In the modern, shifting workplace, students need to make informed decisions that empower them to forge careers. We bring schools and businesses together to support students in becoming Santa Cruz County’s next generation of workers. It’s all about providing young people clear direction in their lives.

  • Intern Staffed

    We are fully staffed by college interns, supervised by a part-time executive director, all coordinating together to successfully run a non-profit organization.

  • Board of Directors

    We are grateful to our incredible Board of Directors for their generosity and investment in the future of our most precious resource – today’s students.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to enter my information in Link?

Yes, your information is secure and will not be sold to a third-party. A third-party is anyone who is not us or you. If, for any reason, you would like your information to be removed, send us a message at and we can remove it for you.

I can't login! Help!

You will need to enter the password that you have set up for your account. Click here if you have forgotten your password.

What if the there is no specific job title a student desires?

If there is no specific position avaliable for a student, Please feel free to contact us with any requests. We will go ahead and do the best we can with the our broad of connections and we can perhaps find that certain position.

Who do I contact if I want to request a service or request outside of the scope of the business?

Yes! Please feel free to contact Mary Gaukel at with any questions,concerns, or request.

399 Encinal St. Santa Cruz, CA 95062

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