YCore mobilizes young professionals to advance community-based social impact by teaching them to deploy their time, money, skills, and influence as partners and advocates.
We envision a world where local community members—regardless of age, background, and socioeconomic status—learn from one another, advocate for each other, and work hand in hand to advance equity and social justice.As today’s young professionals, we are hungry to make a difference on issues we care about, but many of us lack the tools, knowledge, and connections to be effective agents of change. We want to support equitable solutions to systemic problems, not just as a reaction to social media and current events, but as part of our daily lives. Positively impacting our communities is not a task for the future. It’s an imperative today.Community-based organizations work hard to address inequities in our society, but though they are experts in their fields, they often lack access to diverse resources that allow them to effectively pursue their missions. We have the opportunity to leverage our energy, skills, and networks alongside those already working towards sustainable positive change. We seek to be neither consultants nor saviors, but partners and amplifiers of the voices most impacted by social, environmental, and economic challenges.
In YCore's four-month, after-work program, fellows partner with community-based nonprofits to work on a strategic volunteer project. During this time, they attend bi-weekly workshops on design thinking, nonprofit fundraising, and the systems that contribute to inequity in their communities. Our programming is designed to help fellows build the knowledge, connections, and foundation they need to reach the next stage of their impact journeys. Our alumni stay involved as volunteers, associate board members, donors, and advocates, and many transition careers to mission-driven or nonprofit organizations with the help of the YCore community.
California Youth Outreach - CYO is dedicated to reaching out to all gang-impacted youth, their families, and their communities by means of education services, intervention programs and resource opportunities that support a positive and healthy lifestyle. This project team is building out a mechanism by which CYO can receive online donations. In addition, YCore will conduct research and analysis and build a report that can help guide CYO’s social media strategies on different platforms.
Edgewood Center for Children & Families - Edgewood provides treatment and prevention programs for individuals and their loved ones who struggle with mental illness and behavior health issues. This project team is revamping Edgewood’s external-facing messaging to explicitly address mental health and build a young professionals board to increase engagement. Mental health services are needed now more than ever, and this project will help increase accessibility to these programs.
Latinas Contra Cancer - Latinas Contra Cancer aims to increase awareness, access and quality of cancer care for the Latino community. This project team is updating the branding of the organization to reflect its focus on advocacy and empowerment of community members' voice.
Nuestra Casa - Nuestra Casa provides community education, leadership development, and advocacy to uplift Latino families in East Palo Alto and the mid-peninsula. This project team is helping Nuestra Casa conduct a financial analysis for their food recovery program so that they can create a program that's self-sustaining and generates revenue. The food recovery program combats food waste and feed the community by working with local grocery stores to deliver fresh fruit, vegetables, milk, eggs, and other groceries to apartment buildings in East Palo Alto at no cost to recipients.
Each fellow commits to raising $1500 - $2000 to support the YCore program and partnerships. Your donation is critical to our continued work mobilizing the next generation of partners and advocates. Thank you!