Adam Kaplan is the YES Honoree for OneOC’s 2017 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards

Adam Kaplan

Adam Kaplan puts the “human” back in “human resources management” as a YES volunteer.

Adam Kaplan is a YES Superstar Volunteer! This year for OneOC’s 2017 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards, YES selected Adam as an honoree to be recognized for his incredible work in an article that will be published and distributed to over 1000 people!

Adam and YES candidate

Adam interviewing a YES candidate at the Murdy Center in Huntington Beach in March 2016.

Adam has been a volunteer with YES since spring 2016 and has continually demonstrated his passion and dedication to helping young adults through his volunteer involvement as a mock interviewer, resume consultant, resume workshop facilitator and more!

At work, Adam defines himself as “a human resources professional with a psychology background placing the ‘human’ in human resources management.” Just like he does while volunteering for YES, Adam constantly puts people first. Always smiling, Adam loves working one-on-one with YES candidates ages 16-24 who come from a variety of backgrounds – 65% of which (2016) from low-income households including a few from a collaboration with a local sober living home. He truly is so personable, genuine, and has a heart for everyone – he even has a reputation among YES candidates as our best Mock Interview volunteer!

YES Resume Workshop at PIMCO in Newport Beach

Adam facilitating the YES Resume Workshop at PIMCO in Newport Beach as part of a collaboration with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Orange County in October 2016.

Not only does Adam regularly volunteer for YES each week, but this year helped to create and pilot the new Resume Workshop that allowed us to carry the YES program to local high schools and organizations to help expand the YES service to even more of the community apart from our office in Costa Mesa. This has allowed YES to serve the same amount of clients from the 2015-2016 fiscal year in the first half of 2016-2017 fiscal year! This means that this year, we are on target to serving double the amount of our future workforce, leaving even more young adults feeling confident and prepared for success than would have been possible. Even when he is not helping YES expand the program to reach to more young adults in the community, Adam is always reaching out to others to help increase YES awareness and help raise funds that keep the program running at no cost.

California public high school education does not require employment readiness curriculums related to job applications, resume writing, interviewing skills, and tax deductions from paychecks. With 65% of YES client base coming from low-income households that are expected to contribute to their household, there is even more need in the community that YES has not been able to reach.

This is why YES is seeking more volunteers like Adam who are passionate about fostering confidence and preparedness in young adults in the community who don’t have access to employment education in schools.

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“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” – Audrey Hepburn