Salesforce is a tremendous partner that contributes the full spectrum of its resources to support Enterprise for Youth. From investing in our programs through generous foundation grants to leveraging leadership to participate in career panels, to inspiring legions of employees to mentor youth, Salesforce is a true partner in helping the next generation prepare for a better tomorrow. Thank you!
Salesforce has donated $50,000 in response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Enterprise for Youth as a part of its Future Ready COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund. On top of that, Salesforce has generously donated $150,000 to support Enterprise internships for San Francisco youth, including paid work experience in technology, healthcare, art/architecture/design, government and nonprofit, entrepreneurship, and financial and legal services, along with weekly career-development workshops and college credit through City College of San Francisco.
Enterprise for Youth Board Member Brent Hyder, President and Chief People Officer at Salesforce, also recently co-chaired our annual Heroes at Work event alongside fellow Board members Dalana Brand (Twitter), and Scott Snow (Goldman Sachs). At the event, he iterated how important our work is:
“Enterprise for Youth is scrappy. We get it done, and we get hundreds of internships every year with your support. I was able to do an internship as a student, and it changed my life. I believe deeply in early work experience. I believe offering early work experience with training, coaching, and support is exactly what we should be focused on right now.”—Brent Hyder
Over the course of his past five years of service as an Enterprise Board member, Brent has been a consistent champion of Enterprise leveraging his professional expertise and inspiring his colleagues to join him. This year 80 Salesforce employees volunteered, including 22 who served as Enterprise youth mentors during our 5-week summer session. From speaking on career exploration panels to providing one-on-one feedback, Salesforce employees contributed their time and talent to support our youth. During the recent career panels, youth learned about various aspects of Salesforce and discovered that not all of the jobs at the company are strictly in technology.
In April, Enterprise for Youth hosted Brent and his HR executives during a virtual retreat for our youth. During the event, Salesforce executives shared the many lessons they learned through their career experiences. This type of personal professional mentoring is one of the ways Enterprise for Youth executes its mission to empower under-resourced youth to reach their full potential.
It is a privilege to partner with Salesforce to serve the youth of our community. We are grateful to collaborate with such visionary and committed corporate citizens. We look forward to continuing our partnership to help the youth of San Francisco prepare for their future!