IYT Newsletter – Thursday,
January 6th, 2022
Letter from Michael Lynch – Lets Celebrate Mentors!

My first and most impactful mentor was my dad. I was raised by a single dad who always put the needs of his family and his community first. When I was young, he worked 10-12 hours a day, nearly every single day of the week, teaching me the value of hard work. Despite working his fingers to the bone, he never failed to be there for me as a dad, coaching my sports teams, attending every parent-teacher conference – even dressing up as Santa Claus at my school, regardless of my objections! 

Being a single parent didn’t stop him from serving as a mentor to dozens of young people in my community, ensuring they too had the fatherly support they needed to thrive. 

January is national mentoring month. It is a time when we celebrate those who have mentored and are currently mentoring somebody else. I was fortunate enough not only to have a great father but a transformative woman that my dad married when I was 17 who I now call my mom.

IYT was founded on the premise that if we connect caring adults with young people, life outcomes will be changed. This simple premise has guided our work for nine years. 

Join us this month in recognizing IYT Mentors and mentors across the country that are changing lives! 


Michael Lynch 
CEO and Co-Founder
Upcoming Events
January 17th | MLK Day Virtual March
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ICYMI: December Recap
Pitch Season Begins for IYT Entrepreneurial Program
"Be Your Own Boss"
Be Your Own Boss is an entrepreneurial program in which high school students across 5 school districts in Sacramento and the Central Valley, developed and created their own business models during a 6 week course. From November 1st until December 10th, Brothers engaged in lessons and created business plans, Powerpoints and logos that they will present until January 14th. 

Brothers tapped into their passions as they explored ideas that were eventually turned into business plans.

So far, Brothers have presented plans to develop social impact non-profits, academic books, and bike shops. During the next couple of weeks, Brothers will continue to present to their peers and compete for a chance to win $500.00 in seed money to start their business. 

If you or someone you know would be interested in learning more about our entrepreneurial program, please reach out to Charles Bolton at Charles@improveyourtomorrow.org
IYT Alumni and Program Manager gets Paper Published!
Adam Allen has been a facet of the IYT Brotherhood for the last eight years. First joining as a brother in high school, then becoming a mentor as he pursued his Undergraduate degree in History at UC Merced, and finally becoming a Program Manager where he directs the services of over 200 IYT brothers at Elk Grove Unified. 
Adams' academic achievements reached new heights last month when his article, The Role of Women in Africa: 5000 BCE-Late Antiquity, was published in the Undergraduate Historical Journal at UC Merced. 

“In civilizations throughout all of global history, the role of women has been limited by their portrayal in stereotypical roles such as mothers, wives, daughters, or even mistresses....Learning the roles of women depicted in ancient African civilizations is essential for honoring and respecting the past of African women, while reinstituting them to their dignified place in history and contemporary society.” 

Read the full article here: https://escholarship.org/uc/item/7ph4n8sq
Acceptance Letter Season – Congrats to Future Hornet, Caden Mallory!

This dispatch comes from College Academy Program Director, Chris Moore:  

“I think this is the first time this has happened for a Discovery High School member...I wanted to S/O this young man, Caden Mallory, who is a graduating Senior at Natomas High School. He started at NHS originally, but transferred over to Discovery High School (continuation) last year. While on campus at Discovery, Caden swore his goal was to get back to Natomas to graduate and play baseball in college somehow. Well he succeeded!! He was able to stay focused and work his way back to Natomas mid semester this year and is not only set to graduate on time but was ACCEPTED into Sac State!!"
Congratulations on this momentous achievement, Caden!
IYT U Sac State Receives Support from Teichert Foundation
On Thursday, December 16, 2021, IYT-U Sac State received a $5,000 donation from the Teichart company.

Fred Teichart, the CEO of Teichart and an alum of Sac State, presented the check to representatives from Sac State including President Robert Nelson, president of Sacramento State University, Dr. Lisa Cordoza, Vice-President of University Advancement at Sacramento State, Dr. Kevan Shafizadeh and Jeff Towey, Program Manager for IYT-U Sac State.

Following the presentation, the attendees met in President Nelson's office to discuss IYT-U and the opportunities Sac State is creating for young people of color through the work of IYT-U and the College of Engineering.
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Capitol Corner
The Capitol Corner is dedicated to all things Policy and Advocacy! Our Policy and Advocacy team is focused on tracking and supporting federal, state, and local legislation that aligns with the mission of IYT, as well as managing the Public Policy Internship Program, issuing calls to action, working to advance the 1300 Campaign goals, and supporting our brothers in developing organizing, activism, and advocacy skills.
Presentations Begin for IYT's Public Policy Internship
IYT’s Public Policy Internship Program is a paid internship that provides a unique opportunity for young men of color to spend either 6 or 12 weeks learning about government, policy, politics, community organizing, and advocacy. Policy interns are high school seniors, incoming college/university freshmen or sophomores, or first-or second-year community college students.
IYT was happy to provide internships to two college-bound brothers, who completed their internships in early December. One intern was placed with the Office of Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, and the other was placed within IYT's Policy and Advocacy Department.

As part of their final project, each of the interns was required to conduct an in-depth analysis of Assembly Bill 375, legislation that was vetoed by Governor Newsom that would have increased the number of workload hours that a part-time community college professor may teach at one community college district. The interns were tasked with providing a detailed presentation to several IYT administration staff to educate them on the bill, followed by an engaging policy debate with one another on the bill's merits, in addition to answering difficult questions from the audience. Both interns received a $2,000 stipend upon completion of their 20-hour, 12-week internship. 
If you or someone you know is interested in participating in the Spring Internship Cohort, please fill out this form or contact andrew.avila@improveyourtomorrow.org.
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