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CommunityView – Yo Knows Modesto

By Maryanne Spikes

Yo Knows Modesto
– Volunteer Yolanda Newell “Pays it Forward” to Local Job Hunters

Yo Knows Modesto (YKM) is a popular, one-stop Facebook page connecting job seekers and employers from Modesto and surrounding areas, as well as sharing local resources for those in crisis, and affordable activities for all ages.

Launched two years ago on January 13, 2014 by volunteer Yolanda (“Yo”) Newell, YKM has attracted almost 9,000 members notorious for positive networking and connections. Through the forum, they’ve coordinated everything from holiday meals to interview clothing.

The secret of YKM’s success is one part fun, and one part empathy. The “Happy Bee” is a bright and cheerful visual notification that someone has landed a job or interview. Yo’s then 10-year-old daughter designed the Happy Bee on August 20, 2014.
While the Happy Bee congratulates progress, the “Wake Up Call” encourages those who are still on the hunt. Most mornings, job seekers will wake up to a short, inspirational quote. Today’s (December 26, 2015) Wake Up Call reads,

“HOLD YOUR GROUND. May you refuse to be bullied by your fears or pushed around by your past mistakes.”

Photo Caption Here is one example of the hope the Happy Bee inspires




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About the Author:

Maryann Spikes holds an Associate of Arts degree in Humanities through Modesto Junior College, manages the Positive Modesto News page on Facebook, and enjoys coordinating Orchard Park Neighborhood Alliance under the umbrella of Modesto Neighborhoods Inc. Her favorite local coffee shop is the Queen Bean, and she calls Redeemer home. Maryann and her husband, Lee, are very proud of their young men, Ethan and David. Email Maryann at with CommunityView story ideas.