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.
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
Jessica Blackshaw, Executive Director
Jess joined YCore in Winter 2018 as a fellow working with 826 Valencia. Prior to joining the team full time, she worked across the Bay at Net Impact, where she managed case competitions, design sprints, and event content to inspire and equip emerging social impact leaders. Jess holds an MA in Iberian and Latin American Cultures and a BA in Philosophy and Literature from Stanford. When she’s not thinking about the ethics of citizenship, service, and social justice, you can find her running the SF hills, singing in public, or buying excessive amounts of seasonal fruit.
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.
Jay Lee, Alumni Board Chair
Jay joined YCore in January 2017, and has been both a project lead and mentor for YCore projects. He is the Head of Insights & Marketing at Rippleworks Foundation, which supports high-growth social ventures around the world, specifically through operational support and catalytic funding. When he's not working or volunteering with YCore, he's busy scouring the Bay Area for live music and planning mystery trips for his friends.
Katy Lardaro, Program Manager
Katy first joined the YCore community as a fellow in the Winter of 2018, partnering with the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco. She previously worked with Hamilton Families as a case manager, supporting families in the Bay Area to stabilize and thrive after their experiences with homelessness. Katy graduated from Brown University in 2016 with a B.A. in Psychology. In her free time, she is learning how to roller skate and loves to make New York Style bagels from scratch.