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September 27, 2016

Young Professionals Needed…

The Raise Foundation is actively recruiting young professionals (mid 20’s to late 30’s) to serve on its Young Professionals Board (YPB). The group’s biggest project is the planning of the nonprofit’s annual Spring Soiree Gala. The Board also plans basic needs drives (like Sweaters, Socks, Shoes), helps at food distributions as available, co-hosts the annual Volunteer Recruitment Mixer (planned for each January), and serves as Raise Awareness Ambassadors to  educate other young professionals about the prevention of child abuse and neglect.  The Board’s newest effort is to mentor teens on the Youth Action Councils (YAC) at two Family Resource Centers.  The YPB meets one evening a month and strategizes on ways to best help The Raise Foundation. Involvement can lead to a position on The Raise Foundation’s Board of Directors as is the case of current Board of Directors Chair Jason Starkman. Six years ago he was instrumental in creating the YPB. Members of the Young Professionals Board represent a variety of professional backgrounds and industries, and enjoy discussing how they can support one another’s professional and personal goals.

(as of 12/2016)


Brett Shahian

University California, Irvine



Ryan Hook, CFP

Creative Planning, Inc.



Soheyl Afaghi

Gulfstream Aerospace

Annie Duong

Aerospace Manufacturer

Aaron Ferber


Brandon Mead

Raines Law


Each member’s participation is based on their availability. If you live or work in Orange County or a neighboring county, and would like to get involved, please let us know.

Looking for networking opportunities? Want to help make a meaningful difference in your community? Interested in building your resume? Then this is the group for you! To lear more, attend our Annual Volunteer Recruitment & Networking Mixer set for each January. The next one is January 12, 2017.

If you are a young professional and interesting in learning more, please contact us.  If you have employees, colleagues, and/or relative who are young professionals, we appreciate your sharing this leadership opportunity with them. To learn more, please email info@theraisefoundation.org

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