We build partnerships between young professionals and community-based nonprofits to solve capacity challenges and catalyze next-gen social impact
Young professional Fellows commit 5 hours per week to our social impact Fellowship
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.
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.
Fellows and partners form lasting connections. YCore is a unique opportunity to get to know the next generation and cultivate advocates, volunteers and donors.
Benefits for nonprofits
- Capacity-building project over a four-month period, plus help scoping that project
- Five young professional Fellows eager to learn more about the social sector and their partner
- Publicity within YCore's network and at events
- Regular check-ins with teams to support projects
- Support YCore's mission to catalyze next-gen social impact. Eager to develop relationships with Fellows, not just gain short-term volunteers
- Most project work happens outside of work. No desk space needed!
- Young professionals aged 23 - 30. Most work at tech companies like LinkedIn, Google, Yelp and Twitter, although not everyone is an engineer
- Pass a rigorous interview process that screens for skills, curiosity, commitment and sensitivity. We frequently reject over half of our applicants.
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.
Our Leadership Team and Project Leads work closely with potential partners to discuss ideas and scope capacity-building projects. Ideally, projects impact key priorities for our partners, have clear outcomes or questions to answer and involve enough hands-on work for teams of five Fellows to tackle over four months. We don't take on projects that require Fellows to fundraise for our partners; identify or create partnerships between our partners and donors or companies; or build software from scratch. Our best partners are not only invested in their projects and teams, but see a YCore partnership as a chance to engage with next-gen social impact.
- 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