The Ripple Effect was founded by Carla Yorke in February 2013. Carla earned a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Entrepreneurial Studies, from the University of Southern California (USC), and started working for a small marketing/promotions agency soon after graduation. Recognizing she wanted to have more meaning in her work life, she explored different career opportunities.
When she learned about SCORE! Educational Centers, the idea of being a director of an educational center sounded appealing to her. What a great way to utilize her business degree! As a Director for an after school program that provided tutoring and mentoring for kindergarten – 10th grade students, she never imagined how transformative that experience would be to her life.
At SCORE!, her passion for education was birth and her belief that education can be transformative in people’s lives was formed. She decided to return back to school and received a Masters of Science in Education also from USC.
Currently, Carla is the Educational Partnerships Coordinator for the Office of Educational Partnerships & Programs at Cerritos College, where she develops programs for middle school, high school and college students.
These programs focus around career exploration, college exploration and preparation, and life skills development. She also is the Scholarship Co-Chair for the USC Alumni Club of the L.A. Beach Cities, with the goal of providing scholarships to current USC students from Long Beach and the South Bay area.