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Left: A panel of retired and current nurses discuss the obstacles they have faced as African-Americans in nursing careers at Yes 2 Kollege’s inaugural nursing conference last year. Above: Conference participants hear from nurses and health care professionals about what their career path could look like. the salaries and what motivates some- one to do nursing,” she says. “They hear testimonies they can relate to, that build confidence, and take that home.” In 2015, the California State Senate designated August as African-Amer- ican Women’s Health Legacy month, Chandler says, which is why she de- cided to hold the annual conference during that time. This year’s con- ference, held on Aug. 26, included discussions on nursing technology, a panel on the need for African-Ameri- can nurses, free healthcare screenings and a job fair. There will also be an- other round of scholarship application assistance and mentorship pairings, Chandler says. The nonprofit also offers a men- torship program to middle and high school students, as well as a job shad- owing program each July. To date, Chandler says, they’ve helped find mentors for nearly 300 students in the Sacramento area, or about 70 students annually. “We want to help people wherever they are in their career and show them a path to whatever level they want to get to,” Chandler says. n Robin Epley is the former associate editor for Comstock’s. On Twitter @robin_epley. comstocksmag.com | 2017 CAPITAL REGION CARES 83