YCore mobilizes young professionals to advance community-based social impact by teaching them to deploy their time, money, skills, and influence as partners and advocates.
We envision a world where local community members—regardless of age, background, and socioeconomic status—learn from one another, advocate for each other, and work hand in hand to advance equity and social justice.
As today’s young professionals, we are hungry to make a difference on issues we care about, but many of us lack the tools, knowledge, and connections to be effective agents of change. We want to support equitable solutions to systemic problems, not just as a reaction to social media and current events, but as part of our daily lives. Positively impacting our communities is not a task for the future. It’s an imperative today.
Community-based organizations work hard to address inequities in our society, but though they are experts in their fields, they often lack access to diverse resources that allow them to effectively pursue their missions. We have the opportunity to leverage our energy, skills, and networks alongside those already working towards sustainable positive change. We seek to be neither consultants nor saviors, but partners and amplifiers of the voices most impacted by social, environmental, and economic challenges.
In YCore's four-month, after-work program, fellows partner with community-based nonprofits to work on a strategic volunteer project. During this time, they attend bi-weekly workshops on design thinking, nonprofit fundraising, and the systems that contribute to inequity in their communities.
Our programming is designed to help fellows build the knowledge, connections, and foundation they need to reach the next stage of their impact journeys. Our alumni stay involved as volunteers, associate board members, donors, and advocates, and many transition careers to mission-driven or nonprofit organizations with the help of the YCore community.
Each fellow commits to raising $1500 - $2000 to support the YCore program and partnerships. Your donation is critical to our continued work mobilizing the next generation of partners and advocates. Thank you!
Summer 2019 Nonprofit Projects:
Able Works: Strategize how to continually support, track, and engage alumni of the LiveAble program, which aims to build economic self-sufficiency for young families, moving them from surviving to thriving by building community, fostering stability and cultivating ability.
Compass High School: Strengthen marketing and outreach for Compass High School in San Mateo, an organization dedicated to working with children with learning differences.
Good Karma Bikes: Help expand their bike mechanic volunteer program through 1) recommending and embedding a volunteer scheduler with APIs and 2) developing marketing strategies to attract bike mechanic volunteers for this nonprofit social enterprise full-service bike shop that reinvests earned revenue into programs targeting under-resourced young adults.
JobTrain: Determine marketing and communications planning around sharing their work as they aim to prepare those most in need for successful, sustainable careers in high-demand and emerging fields.
The Respect Institute: Identify market opportunities, impact metrics, and develop user feedback tools for an organization that aims to help vulnerable youth break the cycles of disrespect and thrive.