Since moving to SF, I often found myself wondering how I could get involved in my local community and give back to a city that I felt so blessed to live in. In the fall of 2018, I was chosen to be a Project Lead (PL) for YCore: a social impact fellowship that provides young professionals with an opportunity to partner with Bay Area grassroots non-profit organizations and implement a project of strategic value. Since October, I have spent 5-10 hours each week scoping a project and leading a team of 4 (incredible) Fellows on high-profile social media and email campaigns for Initiate Justice.
Initiate Justice (IJ) is a unique non-profit in the criminal justice reform space because of its approach. IJ organizes its members both inside and outside of prisons, advocating for their well-being and change criminal justice policy in California. IJ's mission is to impact the lives of formerly and currently incarcerated persons (and their loved ones) by changing the system at the legislative level. With IJ's guidance, our YCore team built campaigns to raise awareness about current ballot initiatives up for vote in the California Assembly. These ballot initiatives deal with a range of issues affecting incarcerated persons including, most notably, granting the right to vote to people on parole in California.
I am requesting your help in meeting my fundraising goal because my YCore experience has been one of the most impactful experiences I have had in my professional career. Without this structured, cohort experience my team would not have been able to engage with IJ on such a meaningful level. YCore truly does make an indelible impact on the Bay Area community (and beyond) because it mobilizes young professionals to think about social impact in their daily live
ABOUT YCORE & THE 2019 COHORT
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 and over $1M in value 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 Winter 2019 Cohort, YCore Fellows are working with:
La Cocina: Create a centralized database for La Cocina’s food entrepreneurs to better connect them to sales and press opportunities for their businesses.
Global Citizen Year: Develop a social media & engagement strategy for Global Citizen Year so the organization can better reach parents and increase revenue to fund scholarship opportunities for their leadership development program.
Initiate Justice : Create a media campaign strategy for Initiate Justice that generates community support for the Voting Rights for People on Parole Amendment: legislation that restores this right to California.
826 Valencia: Drive traffic to the 826 Valencia online store and guide future product creation in order to increase awareness and revenue for this organization dedicated to supporting under-resourced students with creative and expository writing skills.
First Graduate: Optimize First Graduate’s CRM and make strategic recommendations so they can better track their students over time. Analyze data following CRM changes to develop insights on student performance and growth over their time in First Graduate’s college readiness program.