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What Happens When You Give Youth an Opportunity?

Back in September, GOOD/Corps and The California Endowment launched the Pathfinder Fellowship, a joint-effort with one goal in mind: ensuring that young adults facing significant obstacles get the support they need to get back on track.

Back in September, GOOD/Corps and The California Endowment launched the Pathfinder Fellowship, a joint-effort with one goal in mind: ensuring that young adults facing significant obstacles get the support they need to get back on track. The opportunity that this program presented to these young people was the game changer they were looking for. They graduated from the program in December and the immense transformation we and our partner organizations witnessed in them is an affirmation of the power of opportunity, the strength of community inclusion, and the flushing out of individual talents for future career development.

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For the Very First Time, We Saw Where Our Food Comes From

A trip to Nestle and to Muir Ranch gets the Pathfinder Fellows thinking about where their food comes from.

Growing up in the neighborhoods we've grown up in, we've never had a chance to see where our food comes from or how it's created, and we've never seen an actual farm. That all changed in the eighth week of the Pathfinder Fellowship. We visited Nestle Corporation and headed to an urban farm, Muir Ranch in Pasadena.

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How We're Empowering Homeless and Low-Income Adults for Career Success

While our involvement wasn’t obvious at first, it became clear that our program could also help young people by instilling in them the values, skills and healthy work habits to prepare them for a lifetime of career success.

I remember the experience of applying for jobs after graduating from college. It was the summer of 2002 and I had just relocated from Minneapolis to Washington, D.C. I had earned a B.A. in International Relations and while I could wax poetic about Critical Constructivist Theory, none of my college classes taught me to write a clear and concise resume, the importance of networking, or prepared me for a conducting a job search. I relied on the advice and proofreading abilities of my parents and older sibling. Within three months of sending out resumes and leaving messages for employers, I was called in to interview for an entry-level position with an international non-profit organization. My father’s networking, on my behalf, paid-off: his colleague had a friend in a senior level position at the organization. I was hired (and was so relieved).

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If You Want to Change Your Community, You Need to Know Who You Are

Building stronger communities through innovative work can only happen if you tell the truth about who you are.

The sixth week of the Pathfinder Fellowship brought us to the HUB LA, which is a loft space in Downtown Los Angeles that's been redesigned into a creative work space where individuals can go and collaborate. While there, we participated in two separate workshops designed to support and expand our newly developed communication skills.

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Every Kid Needs a Chance to Write a Weird 'Choose Your Own Adventure' Tale

At 826LA, when you're writing, there is no wrong answer and students are encouraged to be as weird as they'd like.

A trip to 826LA was this week's great adventure for the Pathfinder Fellows. Founded in 2005, 826LA is a chapter of the nonprofit organization 826National, which helps students with creative and expository writing skills. There are two 826 locations in Los Angeles, in the Mar Vista community, and in Echo Park. We headed to the Echo Park location, which is creatively named "The Time Travel Mart."

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