Join Ycore

Apply by May 29 to join our South Bay chapter and start making an impact in your community. 150 young professionals in San Francisco already have.

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YCore equips young professionals with the tools to impact their community

In just three years, YCore has mobilized 150 young professionals who have given 7500+ hours worth over $1.5M to 25 community-based nonprofits in the Bay Area. We are expanding to the South Bay in June 2018 on our quest to activate young professionals all across the country.

How it works

5 hours per week outside of work   |   Bi-weekly workshops in Menlo Park  |   Weekly team meetings

  • Make an impact: team up with a nonprofit and four peers on a pre-scoped project that builds your partner organization's capacity to succeed in its mission

  • Build your toolbox: gain skills and perspective to be effective as a volunteer, donor and advocate. We tackle fundraising, donating money, design thinking, understanding social issues and more -- together
  • Community: join a community of like-minded changemakers and friends
  • Fundraise: learn and practice a crucial skill to meet a $1500 financial commitment to YCore. We give you all the tools to succeed; no previous experience necessary
 

Summer 2018 opportunities

Our summer cohort runs June 14 - September 30th. Bi-weekly workshops will be held in downtown Menlo Park--near CalTrain.

 
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Financial Literacy: Update program curriculum for expansion to new audiences with Able Works

 

 
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Affordable Housing: Collect stories of residents in support of affordable housing advocacy with the Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County

 

 
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Workforce Development: Develop outreach strategies to activate new Millennial supporters with JobTrain

 

Or, find and lead your own project

No previous YCore experience necessary -- we give you all the tools to reach impactful nonprofits and scope a project . Apply now and together we'll start finding partners in July for our September - January cohort.

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Build your impact toolbox

"YCore is like the Blue Apron for social impact. They take the logistics out of the way so that you can roll up your sleeves and get to work. Being new to the city, I didn’t know how to get involved, so YCore was an easy way to get into something meaningful and connect with other people."

–Leo Zhang, 2016 Hack the Hood Fellow

Fellow FAQ

HOW DO I JOIN THE PROGRAM?

We recruit three times per year, in January, May and September and launch our four-month programs the following month. 

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES DO I HAVE TO GET INVOLVED?

Join a team: Fellows join a team project along with four other young professionals, attend all workshops and fundraise $1500 for the YCore program. This role is best for young professionals who are early in their career or have no social impact experience, but are eager to learn.
Lead a project: Project Leads find nonprofit partners, discuss organizational challenges, scope ideas into a project and lead their team to success. Previous YCore experience is not necessary but you should have strong leadership and project management potential. This role is a unique chance to develop a deep relationship with a nonprofit and learn YCore's process for project scoping, supported by YCore Leadership and four other Project Leads. Project Leads get started a few months before their project starts to find and scope their project and raise $2000 for YCore.
Attend events: we host public events 6-8 times per year on topics ranging from social entrepreneurship to corporate social responsibility. Follow us on facebook or sign-up for emails to get notified. 
Donate: YCore Fellows who join in the next five years are projected to add $30M of value to the social sector and local nonprofits. We are catalyzing next-gen social impact engagement for a generation that is untapped and underutilized. Donate to help us bring this program to more young professionals. 

HOW OFTEN DO YOU MEET, AND WHERE?

YCore Fellows commit 5 hours per week outside of work to their project work and YCore workshops. Workshops are held bi-weekly on Wednesdays in San Francisco and Thursdays in Menlo Park. Teams meet at least bi-weekly at a location of their choosing.

WHY FUNDRAISE?

Our give-or-get financial commitment supports YCore programming and ensures that we can continue catalyzing next-gen social impact and bring our unique program to more young professionals. All donations are tax deductible. Although Fellows are welcome to give out-of-pockect, we think fundraising is one of the most important skills you can learn to make an impact. We teach a workshop on fundraising and offer support along the way.

WHO COUNTS AS A YOUNG PROFESSIONAL?

Our Fellows are early-career, working professionals, mostly between the ages of 23-31. We don't offer programs for students or mid-career professionals, although we encourage everyone to come to our quarterly events. 

I'M NOT IN THE BAY AREA. WHEN ARE YOU COMING TO MY CITY?

Although we are currently based in San Francisco and launching in the South Bay, we think there is a huge opportunity to scale throughout the Bay Area and the whole country. Please reach out if you're interested in helping us do so.
 

Questions?

We're here to help. Send us a message and let us know what you're thinking.

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