In 2014, a group of Stanford alumni created a program to mobilize young professionals to get involved in the social sector–now, not later.
Since then, our community has flourished, driven by passionate young professionals who are dedicated to improving the world around them. In just three years, YCore has mobilized 250+ young professionals who have donated 12,000 hours to over 30 community-based nonprofits in the Bay Area.
In YCore's four-month, after-work program, Fellows gain the tools to impact their communities now and for the rest of their lives. They partner with community-based nonprofits to build capacity through project work; learn about social justice and design thinking for social change; and join a community of like-minded peers.
Alumni now work at IDEO, the Art Institute of Chicago, PWC's Public Sector Digital Solutions Team; they have joined the junior boards of their nonprofit partner organizations; and stay engaged with YCore to support future cohorts of Fellows.
Each Fellow commits to raising $1500 - $2000 to support YCore and activate the next generation of champions for just communities, while building the most important skill in their social impact toolbox.
During the Summer 2019 Cohort, YCore Fellows are working with:
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.