Sue Young has worked at Sun for nearly 20 years and has always been interested in improving women’s’ lives. Last fall, she learned of a non-profit organization called Girls For A Change which promotes and empowers high school and middle school-aged girls as social change agents. She took on the 15-hour per month commitment to be a Girl Coach for a local middle school for the school year. Her team is currently deciding on a project to create social change in immigration or animal abuse. The organization includes a monthly life coach training session, which has been invaluable for her work with the girls, work at Sun, and with life in general. She also volunteers her time towards other organizations for short term or seasonal commitments like highway cleanup efforts, sorting cans at the Second Harvest Food Bank, teaching teachers, etc. Sue is currently a Sun Foundation Ambassador volunteer whose charter is working towards eliminating the digital divide. She has logged in over 210 hours since July.
Sue’s other passion has been bicycling. In 2005, Sue joined a group of women cyclists who ride for charity each year. She bought a used bike and trained for the American Lung Association’s Emigrant Trails 3-day, 100-mile ride in Lake Tahoe. Before she knew it, she’d raised almost $4500 and was riding an average of 150 miles per week, including commuting to and from work, over 26 miles round-trip. Last year, the group raised over $27,000 for Multiple Sclerosis. Their success led to them being mentioned in March 2007 Bicycling Magazine. She also joined a local non-profit bicycle advocacy group called Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and became a primary organizer for their winter fundraiser, raising almost $4,000. Sue plans to volunteer for Bike to Work Day and other SVBC events in the future.