When I left college, I struggled to find a community of like-minded philanthropic individuals that wanted to deeply understand our community in the Bay Area and take steps to improve it. I didn't know where to start and felt listless. Then, about a year ago, I found out about YCore and completed a 4 month fellowship where I was able to help a nonprofit I care immensely about it in a capacity building project. When it came time to think about how to stay connected to YCore, I decided to buckle up and lead my own project for the Fall 2018 cohort. This time, I've partnered with Upwardly Global, an incredible organization whose mission is to remove the barriers of entry to the professional workforce for refugees and immigrants. YCore is the nonprofit that mobilized me and got me started on hopefully a long journey with social impact. Through YCore I've been connected to inspiring nonprofits in the Bay Area, learned invaluable skills for social impact, and met the most outstanding group of sincere, motivated, and passionate individuals. I dedicate this fundraiser to YCore so that young professionals just like me can get engaged in community-building and philanthropy. It would mean the world to me if you donated to YCore :).