We envision a movement of Millennial young professionals engaged with the social sector, investing more time, money and resources to their local communities.
YCore mobilizes courageous champions for just communities.
Have you heard that millennials are flaky, self-centered, $8-coffee drinkers? At YCore, we know this isn't true (Ok, maybe the coffee snob part). In 2014, a group of Stanford alumni realized the power of millennials. They created a program to inspire 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. At YCore, we make a real impact, make a difference, and make strong relationships. We learn, collaborate, laugh and share tips about where to get the best cup of coffee.
"I was happy to meet and work with other Millennials like me that are very eager to not just volunteer but really commit to a long term social impact project. "
-Zara Chiara Fernandez
Project Lead, Hack the Hood
Kana Hammon, Co-Founder & Executive Director
Kana Co-Founded YCore in 2014 and became the organization’s first full-time Executive Director in 2016. As a volunteer, she built YCore’s project scoping process, streamlined the Fellowship experience and grew the organization 5x from its beginnings as a 14-person pilot program. Prior to YCore, Kana worked as a consumer product manager at shopkick for five years, leading product for core consumer features; the app’s first international expansion to Germany; and user research. Kana’s life-long interest in volunteering, in her home community of Eugene Oregon, rural Guatemala, or in a service-learning study abroad program in Cape Town, South Africa, combined with internships with small arts organizations, has motivated her to harness her peers’ interest in working for greater social change. Kana graduated from Stanford in 2012 with a B.A. in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. In her free time, she loves cooking, reading fiction and obsessing over farmers' market veggies.
Simon Shachter, Co-Founder & Board Chair
Simon is a current PhD student in sociology at the University of Chicago studying the role of philanthropy in American society. He previously worked at the San Francisco Jewish Federation, Stanford Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation. Simon graduated from Stanford in 2014 with a degree in Computer Science and a minor in Comparative Literature. He is a philanthropy fanatic and is passionate about helping people realize the impact they can have. Simon loves football, the smell of full bookshelves, and collecting pillows.
Samantha Carpenter, Director of Philanthropy
Sam joined YCore in 2015 to lead a research project on Millennial philanthropy and has stayed on ever since. As a development professional working in Dartmouth's West Coast Advancement office and with a background in nonprofit consulting, Sam brings deep strategic and vision-making experience to YCore. Sam graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in Art History. In her free time, Sam enjoys running, seeking out the best gluten-free baked goods and exploring Berkeley.