As many of you know, I moved across the country to San Francisco last fall and discovered that the job I had assumed was my "dream" job was, in fact, anything but. The transition to post-grad life--to finding purpose, value, and meaning in the work I do--has been challenging. But YCore, a nonprofit that partners with community-based organizations to build capacity through project work, has been instrumental in my journey.
The Bay Area is a community with immense inequalities. YCore attempts to close that gap by providing nonprofit organizations the opportunity to tap into the skills that young professionals in the area possess (data analytics, engineering, software design, etc.) that, typically, these nonprofit organizations cannot afford. At the same time, YCore gives millennials who are passionate about social justice the opportunity to see how their skills can be applied outside of the private sector. In supporting YCore, you are helping to equalize the disparities that exist in the Bay Area, the place we all call home. The current cohort of YCore fellows is working with organizations like Initiate Justice, a criminal justice reform nonprofit which seeks to restore voting rights to people on parole in California, 826 Valencia, which is dedicated to supporting under-resourced students with creative and expository writing skills, La Cocina, which cultivates low-income food entrepreneurs, First Graduate, which provides guidance for first-generation college graduates that replicates the advantages enjoyed by students with college educated parents, and Global Citizen Year which supports high school graduates through a year-long immersion in communities abroad. A donation to YCore allows each of these local nonprofits--and more, since YCore engages with a different set of nonprofit organizations every four months--to receive consulting from groups of young professionals that YCore both creates and trains. As such, a donation to YCore is a donation to nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area, at large, and, what's more, a donation to help combat the inequalities that we see in our communities, every day.
It would mean the world to me if you would donate--however much you can!--to support YCore and allow them to give other young professionals the opportunities they were able to give me.