What We Do.
y’s change believes in the Power of WE.
y’s change connects the individual threads of good intentions from government entities, philanthropy, school districts, nonprofit organizations and community stakeholders to create holistic systems that support communities.
y’s change believes in the Dream.
y’s change champions visionaries who aspire to make a difference. Founded on the principles of social justice and collectivism, our mission is to support the community of change makers to tackle big, wicked social problems that no one entity can solve on its own.
y’s change coaches.
y’s change consists of certified systems coaches with deep roots in organizational development. Our coaching lens allows for a human approach to support organizations that spearhead and sustain large-scale social change.
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Our services include:
Collective Impact Coaching.
Strengthen your partnerships & align your efforts so that you can effectively solve big, wicked social problems that no one entity could solve on their own.
Increase your confidence as an executive leader to guide staff and influence decision makers toward accomplishing your big-picture vision to achieve equity.
Create systems change that sticks through strategic consultation, coaching, & engagement of staff and community stakeholders.
Team-Building & Communication.
Increase collaborative leadership skills & learn positive communication skills that strengthen the team & sustain us as individuals to continue the work we do.
Plan with the end in mind. Create a strategic planning process that aligns your organization’s performance with the impact you desire to make in the world.
Fund Development & Grant Writing.
Move your organization to the next level. Learn to articulate compelling funding needs that are supported with a strategic fund development & leveraging plan.
Yvette is a leader with a rare gift: she enables diverse stakeholders to not just hear each other, but build together.Ben Paviour, Product Specialist at Google
Yvette effectively helped our organization and team through a very challenging period of change and restructuring. She is a gifted coach - a mixture of a deeply caring, warm individual with an insightful and intelligent mind.Tomás Magaña, Director of Faces for the Future
Who We Are.
Yvette leads a dynamic team at y’s change made up of talented professionals with expertise in organizational development, including strategic planning, multi-sector facilitation, systems coaching, community engagement, fund development and participatory research & evaluation. Our clients include government, school districts, philanthropy and nonprofit organizations. Informed by rich and diversified experience, y’s change has the necessary skills to address your needs.
Yvette is passionate about combining her coaching and strategic planning skills to support organizations to demonstrate the impact they desire.
Best known for her large-scale strategic planning efforts that created a city-county-school district partnership to support Alameda County’s School Health Services movement and Juvenile Justice Reentry Partnership, Yvette possesses an incredible knack for systems think, fund development and leverage, connecting multi-sector children’s initiatives to become seamless to the user. Her passion and creativity led to the exponential growth of the Alameda County School Health Initiative with a $1 million annual budget to a $27 million annual budget in FY 2011-2012.
Yvette became a certified organizational coach after salvaging a broken strategic planning process. The planning was successful only after repairing the historically broken relationships in the room. Experiencing the impact was life changing and catapulted Yvette down the organizational coaching path. Organizational transformation requires determination to address deep-seated, sensitive issues. When skillfully discussed, it propels relationships to a deeper and more meaningful level. Yvette is best known for creating a safe space for organizations to have authentic dialogue.
Yvette earned her Masters in Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley and is certified as an Organizational & Relationship Systems Coach from the Center for Right Relationship Global, a systems coaching program accredited by the International Coaching Federation. Yvette is also a trained Graphic Facilitator through The Grove and is a certified trainer in Results Based Accountability. Yvette is a part of the Leadership Circle for the UNtraining and UC Berkeley Center for Health Leadership’s Isms Collaborative, both groups dedicated to ending racism and all forms of oppression. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Seva Foundation, an international NGO with the mission to eliminate needless blindness by building the infrastructure to support universal primary eye care.