About Us

An entry-level market for the mobile generation. Connect to your brightest future today.

Your network, powered by YolBe

We’ll help you meet your goals in connecting clients to opportunity. We apply machine learning technology to make the best recommendations and provide you with the analytics tools to better oversee your programming

We give you a place to manage all your opportunities and even help you find new ones to offer

Waste no more time and money on outdated communication methods like e-mail. With YolBe you employ the same messaging and notification technology clients & young adults are comfortable using today

Advertise your program and events in our growing community, for free. Connect with interested job seekers & employers as they join your network

Our story

A message from our CEO...

         The Yolbe story originated in 2013 where as a father I was shocked at how social media was negatively impacting one of my daughters. I felt powerless and unable to protect her. I wanted to do something and wondered if it were possible to build something positive and popular for young adults. I settled on a true north: dramatically improve the lives of young adults and people with disabilities by connecting them to the opportunities and resources they need to thrive. I settled on a curious name “Yolobe” which is a loose concatenation of the phrase “Your life only better” and quickly set to work to learn what we needed to build.
        In our early years we were a rag tag team of passionate volunteers who immersed ourselves in true customer discovery work. We partnered with a few schools in the south suburbs of Chicago and created innovative programming such as peer mentoring, internships built around the Lean Startup method, and even a teen expo we put on in 2015 where we successfully united 1,000 students from 50+ schools and 100 employers big and small.
        Since then, our team has been bootstrapping our concept, working closely with our clients to build something that works. In late 2019, we decided to go undergo a redesign of our platform, and a rebrand from Yolobe to YolBe. As a mobile-first company, we launched our new mobile app in 2020 first, and now recently our web version for job seekers. Welcome to 2021 & our new platform!

Social Networking with a Social Cause

Join or start a movement

YolBe was formed to help organizations and cities tackle some of society's biggest issues, such as the growing divide & access to opportunity disproportionately affecting our communities. YolBe's technology enables networks for create alliances and work together to empower their communities.

Problem

How we help

Information & skills gap is contributing to disconnect between entry-level job seekers' skillsets and the demands of first-time employers.
*1 out of 3 American workers are at risk of losing jobs to new technologies
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YolBe tackles the information gap by matching users by service needs to local networks & resources, which provide hands on support to job seekers looking to start a new career.
YolBe's skills-based profile assists job seekers in skill identification & matching to all types of opportunity.
Despite a growing list of supportive programs, a large number of youth are disconnected from institutions & jobs.
*Around 20% of Chicago's youth are both unemployed and not in school
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YolBe helps users build social capital by connecting them to organizations, career specialists, & like-minded individuals. Organizations can also connect to combine efforts & make referrals.
YolBe's multichannel communication system ensures that users remain connected.
Our communities are facing geographic & racial employment disparities.
*Black unemployment is at least twice as high as white unemployment at the national level. Hispanic, rural, & disabled populations also face higher unemployment rates
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YolBe & its network partners are mission-driven and on the ground serving diverse communities. YolBe also partners with @EqualAccess to serve the needs of workers with disabilities.

Network Alliance Case Studies

The city of Milwaukee formed an alliance network which connects multiple networks under one umbrella called DirectConnect Milwaukee, @DCMKE. It was established to connect local career-focused NPO's so that young adults and unemployed residents in Milwaukee can build social capital and take advantage of all the resources, services, and opportunities available in the area
Over 50+ organizations have signed up and joined the movement

Network Alliance Case Studies

Equal Access is a key priority initiative of YolBe to drive positive outcomes for people with disabilities seeking employment opportunities and other services. In 2018 @EqualAccess was launched as an alliance of disability serving organizations throughout Chicago. Equal Access brings together in a single marketplace all the organizations and employers/providers serving this community.

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What organizations are saying...

“I have had several individuals recently attend local hiring events and interviewed on the spot with employers. Without DCMKE they likely would not have had this opportunity. Social media has become woven into the fabric of our daily lives, so DCMKE serves as a cutting edge platform directly connecting job seekers with local employers ready to hire.  Job search can be challenging for many reasons, yet DCMKE makes it easy. Usually when I inform a job seeker, they say “WOW, this is great” or “how have I not heard of this?” and they will often tell their friends. No other app on the market can compare to the content provided by DCMKE.”

Andrew Simons, Compete Milwaukee

“We have used DCMKE to recruit job seekers into our monthly workshops and to advertise our services. I would say DCMKE is extremely easy to navigate once you get started using it. I would highly recommend DCMKE for any organization that has a community outreach component…especially if they rely heavily on social media for their advertising and recruitment. They should definitely be using this free and accessible tool!”

Michael Adams, Milwaukee JobsWork

“My experience with DCMKE has been amazing. The platform has provided our agency with an opportunity to share employment opportunities, training sessions, and open workshops with job seekers. DCMKE has opened multiple networking opportunities and has allowed us to enroll more youth into the WIOA program while enabling us to connect them with career mentors.”

Bridget Howard, Dynamic Workforce Solutions

“As a DCMKE Admin, I appreciate the platform's ability to advertise for Project Return's prison reform advocacy services. I'm also excited about the opportunity to use DCMKE to build up the clientele of Returning Citizens seeking resources and second chances. It's a great tool for Project Return to express what we are and what we do in the community. I enjoy being a critical part of helping to build DCMKE. The challenge I willingly embrace is getting DCMKE out in the community for more usage. When I tell people to connect with Veronica, it’s always a fluid process…they’re always able to connect immediately because of the ease of using this platform. It’s extremely user friendly and any organization that has a social outreach aspect should be using this system to connect with a vast and diverse community.”

Andre Brown, Project Return

“I use DCMKE as a general outreach tool, similar to Twitter and Facebook. The nice thing about Yolobe is the opportunity to directly connect with job seekers who are already enrolled in our programming or are potentially eligible. On Twitter or Facebook, anyone can see the posts, but by using this platform, we have a better fishnet to catch potential job seekers and accurately target our clients. DCMKE is on a great trajectory. We are working toward seeing it reach its full potential and I'm excited to see what the future holds. If it's anything like what I've seen so far, it's going in a positive direction.”

Stephanie Stilwell, AmericaWorks

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