When I first moved to SF almost 3 years ago, I was thrilled to start working as a nonprofit consultant, helping amazing organizations as they scale up. This work has exceeded my every expectation, but truth be told it took me a while to settle in and feel “at home” in the Bay outside of work. Part of what’s helped with the transition has been my experience with YCore and meeting other like-minded individuals seeking to make a positive social impact in and outside of their 9-to-5 jobs.
Over the last few months I have been volunteering my time as a fellow with YCore, a unique organization whose mission is to educate and provide tools to young professionals to engage with their community in a meaningful, sustainable way. They connect fellows to local nonprofits to co-develop and execute custom projects. My project team has collaborated with Acumen America to build marketing content, strategic communication guidance, and original thought pieces to highlight key successes and learnings of Acumen America and its social impact investments to date.
I hope that every community can experience the positive impact that YCore has had on me, my peers and non-profits in the Bay Area community. This is why I'm asking you, if you are able, to make a donation to YCore. Whether you can give $10 or $100, your contribution makes a difference. Your contribution will help extend this incredible opportunity to more young professionals and local organizations, and in supporting YCore’s growth.
Thanks for your support,
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:
826 Valencia: Develop a dataset tool to help understand the current status of their volunteers’ involvement and form a strategy to improve volunteer engagement so that the organization can support more under-resourced students with their writing skills.
Acumen America: Provide marketing content and impact communication strategic guidance and produce 3-4 thought pieces to highlight key successes and learnings of Acumen America and its social impact investments to date. Build a communication framework and handoff materials to make this a repeatable process moving forward.
BAYCAT: Work with BAYCAT to empower low-income, diverse youth to use their passions in filmography and videography to elevate their economic position.
Housing Rights Committee: Identify strategies and tools to effectively gather, analyze and act upon key tenant and petition data at scale for HRCSF, an organization that prevents eviction and displacement in San Francisco.
Larkin Street Youth Services: Redesign their website to better convey the scale of the Youth Homelessness issue in San Francisco today. Focus on rethinking the messaging on this organization’s home page, simplifying their site navigation, and enhancing the flow of the website to guide visitors to donate and sign up for an email list.