We build partnerships between young professionals and community-based nonprofits to tackle important projects and
forge lifelong relationships.
Work closely with a team of 4-5 fellows as they design and execute a project that addresses your organization’s unique needs. We prioritize listening and shaping our goals together with each partner, so no two projects will look exactly alike.
Diverse skills and resources
Our projects tackle everything from data management to user research to marketing strategy. Our fellows are engineers, designers, marketers, salespeople, product managers (and more!), and we’ll match their skills to your needs.
Partners and Advocates for life
Fellows are just as eager to learn from you as they are to share their skills. Many YCore fellows become long-term volunteers, associate board members, and advocates for their partner organizations.
Planning, execution, and completion of a capacity-building project over a five-month period (one month of planning followed by a four month execution period)
Five local young professionals eager to contribute their skills and talents, to learn, and to become long-term advocates for your work
Access to YCore's greater network of nonprofits, fellows, and programming
Attend weekly or bi-weekly check-ins with your YCore team over the phone or in person
Facilitate introductions between fellows and staff members, clients, and/or stakeholders relevant to the project
Be willing to develop relationships with fellows outside of direct project work and contribute to their growth as partners and advocates for the social sector
No desk space needed! Most project work happens outside of the office
Young professionals aged 23 - 35, currently based in SF or the Peninsula
Wide variety of skills, including engineering, marketing, and user research. Not everyone works in tech, but many do
Hungry to contribute meaningfully to their communities and learn from their partners with humility, curiosity, and sensitivity
What are we looking for?
We work exclusively with local, community-based nonprofits in the Bay Area. We look for partners who have a strong track record in their communities and are constantly adapting to better serve and advocate for their clients.
Our staff and Project Leads work closely with potential partners to discuss ideas and build out preliminary project plan. Our ideal project will help our partners move forward on key priorities, particularly in areas where they have previously been limited by time or resources.
Are tied to specific goals or unanswered questions important to our partner’s work
Have clear outcomes that can be achieved in a four-month period by five after-work volunteers
Involve hands-on work and the opportunity to get to know members of our partner’s staff and/or clients
Do NOT involve fundraising, identifying and creating partnerships between our partners and donors/companies, or building software from scratch
Project Timeline (Fall)
July-August: Volunteer Project Leads (with help from YCore staff) scope and plan potential projects with several nonprofit organizations
August: Fall projects are selected
September: Project Leads recruit fellows for their teams and fellows conduct interviews to get to know their partner organization
October-January: Teams conduct project work, checking in regularly with their partner both virtually and in-person
January: Final project is handed off by the end of the month
Interested in working with us?
We select new projects in August, January, and May
Past Project Examples
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
Data Tracking & Management
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