Join Ycore

Fall applications open in September 2019.

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Make a difference today,

build tools for tomorrow.

A YCore fellowship gives you the knowledge, connections, and foundation you need to reach the next stage of your impact journey. Join our community of 275+ fellows and 30+ nonprofits working together towards equitable, sustainable, positive change.

Be a Fellow

Time Commitment: 5 hours per week outside of work for the 4-month project period    

Bi-weekly workshops in San Francisco or the Peninsula  |   Weekly team meetings

  • 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.

  • Grow your skills and perspective to be a more effective volunteer, donor and advocate. Our workshops dig into topics like fundraising, donating, nonprofit basics, design thinking, understanding social issues, and more.

  • Join a lifelong community of like-minded changemakers and friends.

  • Learn how to fundraising by meeting a $1500 financial commitment to YCore. We give you all the tools to succeed; no previous experience necessary

    Lead a Project

    Time Commitment: 1-2 hrs/week for the three-month scoping period, 5-8 hrs/week during the 4-month project execution   

    Bi-weekly workshops in San Francisco or the Peninsula  |   Weekly team meetings | Bi-weekly project lead check-ins

    • Partner with a local nonprofit to identify and scope a strategically significant, capacity-building project.

    • Lead a team of 3-4 peers as they execute the project over the course of 4 months.

    • Grow your project management and leadership skills. 

    • Build strong relationships in the nonprofit sector and join a lifelong community of like-minded changemakers and friends.

    • Learn how to fundraising by meeting a $2000 financial commitment to YCore. We give you all the tools to succeed; no previous experience necessary

 

Summer 2019 Partnerships

Our Summer cohort runs June - September. YCore is thrilled to be partnering with ten community-based organizations in San Francisco & the Peninsula.


Peninsula

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. 


San Francisco

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.

 

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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

We’d love to hear from you!

Interested in applying? Have a question? We’re here to help.

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