YCore Fellows

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Impact your community, gain hands-on nonprofit experience, grow professionally, and expand your network
–all outside of work

Fellows commit 3-5 hours per week over four months, raise $1500 for the YCore Program and Gain Much more than a volunteer experience

Nonprofit Experience  Teams of Fellows work with a nonprofit to design and complete a capacity-building project. We’ve worked on everything from databases to membership programs; websites to curriculum design.

Nonprofit Experience

Work closely with a local nonprofit to build capacity as you learn about about important issues in your local Bay Area community

Skill-building Workshops  Fellows are supported by a series of workshops and speaker events on topics like design thinking or tech for social good to gain additional exposure to social sector best practices.

Skill-building Workshops

Build your toolkit with industry experts by attending workshops on human-centered design, fundraising, and systems thinking

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Make friends and form lasting connections with nonprofit partners, fellow changemakers, and YCore alumni

Launch your impact journey

"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


Past Projects

We work exclusively with local, community-based nonprofits in the Bay Area. Our partners have a strong track record of impact and are constantly adapting to better serve and advocate for their clients.

  • YCore fellows researched and selected a bike rental management platform

  • Helped New Door grow rentals at their bike shop social business

  • Empowered New Door to expand their impact on at-risk youth through employment


  • Fellows developed a curriculum for technology courses for low-income entrepreneurs

  • Leveraged mobile-friendly platforms such as Yelp, Square and Facebook marketing


  • YCore assisted with the launch and marketing of La Cocina’s monthly-donation membership program

  • Increased year-over-year revenue by $9000


  • Fellows used Salesforce to support a new key success metric for Hack the Hood students

  • Worked with the Hack the Hood staff to to develop the tracking process


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. 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 23-30. We don't offer programs for students or mid-career professionals, although we encourage everyone to come to our speaker events. 

WhEn are you coming to my city?

Although we are currently based in San Francisco and the Peninsula, 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.