Smashing Cycles of Poverty and Advancing Economic Mobility

Growing up in San Francisco’s Bayview-Hunters Point, a diverse yet historically under-resourced community, Zaria Clemmons knew from a young age […more…]

Young Community Developers

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Chief Advancement and Partnership Officer: Laila Newton


YCD believes that every individual should have the right to sustainable and generational economic mobility. We positively impact lives, empower people to break cycles of poverty for themselves, their families, and their communities.

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We know you care about where your money goes and how it is used. Connect with this organization’s leadership in order to begin to build this important relationship. Your email will be sent directly to this organization’s Director of Development and/or Executive Director.

Hi, my name is Kaylyn Perkins. My position in YCD is as a clerical custodian technician. I learned about YCD by joining the 12-week EPA JRT Cohort 20 in August 2022 with Dr. Smith. In the program, I earned seven certifications. After the program, I was an Apprentice under Dr. Smith, Learning more about maintenance work. I always love to challenge myself, so I decided to help Dr. Smith more by becoming his assistant for Workforce Development. Since working with Workforce Development, I have learned more about YCD by getting to know the staff and all the programs that help the community. Ever since then, I want to help my community more. I always want to see my community become successful. I appreciate everybody who helped me out with bettering myself. I have more confidence in myself that I can do more.
Kaylyn Perkins, Clerical Custodian Technician (former YCD client)

A Workforce to Fuel Generational Wealth

Young Community Developers has set a visionary goal: raising $10 million within the next calendar year. This ambitious funding will fuel YCD’s general operations for three years, but more than that, it will propel the expansion of its fellowship program, securing full-time paid positions in local organizations, and creating a dual-benefit scenario: nurturing the professional growth of future leaders, while simultaneously bolstering the diversity in the local workforce which creates greater social equity.

“This is how we design and build the next generation of workforce here in San Francisco, breaking the cycle of poverty and driving generational economic mobility,” says Dion-Jay Brookter, YCD Chief Executive Officer. 

Key Supporters

Related Affordable Foundation
Robin Hood Foundation
San Francisco Foundation
Tipping Point
Union Bank
Walter & Elise HAAS Fund
Wells Fargao