#SFGivesBack: First Place for Youth gets the inside scoop at POPSUGAR

Over the next few weeks, SF Gives companies are partnering with Tipping Point grantees to host a series of workforce development events, ranging from job shadow days to career panels. The events are intended to highlight the important role Bay Area companies can play in developing our local workforce.

We’ll cover these events on Medium and provide insight on how companies can facilitate meaningful career-related events for local non-profits.


Tipping Point’s first career collaboration event brought together SF Gives partner POPSUGAR Inc. and grantee First Place for Youth. POPSUGAR is a global media and technology company whose mission is to bring together inspiration and action to empower you to live your fullest life. First Place for Youth helps foster kids, ages 18–24, connect with housing, education, employment and life skills resources needed to transition out of the foster care system and reach their full potential.

“We love taking young people to career events at different companies because it gives them a valuable opportunity to see professionals in an actual job setting,” said Connie Handlin, Development Officer at First Place for Youth.

“They get to expand their knowledge through interaction with the employees at each company, and learn about the variety of professional experiences and employment opportunities within the company structure. It gives the young people a broader view of career possibilities and the understanding that the road to success is not a straight path.”

POPSUGAR gave First Place’s youth an inside look at what it’s like to work at a global media company by exposing them to their employees, products, and business model.

Check out the highlights below…

Four employees shared their markedly different career paths and life stories, ranging from growing up in the Ukraine to working one’s way through college as a roller skating waitress. Their advice was similar: Explore things that you love, take chances and risks, embrace failure to learn, and stay open to new opportunities.The employees balanced the inspiration with practical career tips, candidly talking about salary ranges in their field and how to stand out amid competition when applying for jobs.

First Place youth had the opportunity to make custom “Must Have” product boxes — a similar product to what POPSUGAR sends to customers — with their own theme. Not surprisingly, they nailed it, with one group developing a box that was almost the exact same configuration as what the Must Have staff had developed and distributed to their customers.

The day wrapped with the youth receiving a copy of “Power Your Happy” by POPSUGAR founder, Lisa Sugar.

Special thanks to POPSUGAR and First Place For Youth for collaborating on this event.