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We build partnerships between young professionals and community-based nonprofits to tackle important projects and
forge lifelong relationships.

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.

Partnership MOdel

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.

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.

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.

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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.

 

Partner Benefits

  • 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

Expectations

  • 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

Our Fellows

  • 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.

Successful Projects

  • 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

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Past Project Examples

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Program Management

  • 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


Skills Sharing

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

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


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