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 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.