Join Ycore

Applications to join YCore’s Summer Cohorts in San Francisco and the Peninsula will be open May 6th through May 20th at 11:59PM.

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YCore equips young professionals with the tools to impact their community

In just three years, YCore has mobilized 275 young professionals who have given 15,000+ hours worth over $2M to 30 community-based nonprofits in the Bay Area.

How it works

5 hours per week outside of work   |   Bi-weekly workshops in San Francisco or the Peninsula  |   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 2019 Opportunities

Our Summer cohort runs June - September. Bi-weekly workshops will be held in San Francisco or the Peninsula (depending on the cohort you apply to).

Learn more at Demo Day on 5/15 or at YCore’s Peninsula Meet & Greet Event on 5/16.



Economic Empowerment: Strategize how to continually support, track, and engage alumni of Ableworks’ LiveAble program, which aims to build economic self-sufficiency for young families, moving them from surviving to thriving by building community, fostering stability and cultivating ability.



Education: Strengthen marketing and outreach for Compass High School in San Mateo, an organization dedicated to working with children with learning differences.



Skills Development & Transportation Security: Help expand Good Karma Bikes' bike mechanic volunteer program through 1) recommending and embedding a volunteer scheduler with APIs and 2) developing marketing strategies to attract bike mechanic volunteers for this nonprofit social enterprise full-service bike shop that reinvests earned revenue into programs targeting under-resourced young adults.



Workforce Development: Determine marketing and communications planning around sharing JobTrain's work as they aim to prepare those most in need for successful, sustainable careers in high-demand and emerging fields.



Community Empowerment: Identify market opportunities, impact metrics, and develop user feedback tools for The Respect Institute, an organization that aims to help vulnerable youth break the cycles of disrespect and thrive. 


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Education: Develop a dataset tool to help 826 Valencia understand the current status of their volunteers’ involvement and form a strategy to improve volunteer engagement so that the organization can support more under-resourced students with their writing skills.



Impact Investing: Provide marketing content and impact communication strategic guidance and produce 3-4 thought pieces to highlight key successes and learnings of Acumen America in its social impact investments to date. Build a communication framework and handoff materials to make this a repeatable process moving forward.



Creative Economic Advancement: Work with BAYCAT to empower low-income, diverse youth to use their passions in filmography and videography to elevate their economic position.



Tenant Rights:  Identify strategies and tools to effectively gather, analyze and act upon key tenant and petition data at scale for the Housing Rights Committee, an organization that prevents eviction and displacement in San Francisco.



Youth Homelessness: Redesign the Larkin Street Youth Services website to better convey the scale of the Youth Homelessness issue in San Francisco today. Focus on rethinking the messaging on this organization’s home page, simplifying their site navigation, and enhancing the flow of the website to guide visitors to donate and sign up for an email list.


Or, find and lead your own project

No previous YCore experience necessary — we give you all the tools to reach impactful nonprofits in San Francisco or the Peninsula and scope a project. Apply now and together we'll start finding partners in July for YCore’s Fall Cohort, running October 2019 - January 2020.


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


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


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.


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. Teams meet at least bi-weekly at a location of their choosing.


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-pocket, 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.


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.


Although we are currently based in San Francisco, 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.


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

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