As you may know, making a social impact has always been an important part of my life. From organizing food and clothing drives for underprivileged communities in Southern New Jersey during high school to tutoring and mentoring low income students in the Bay Area during college to volunteering with a nonprofit that supports women’s equality around the world now, helping others, especially while using my skills, has always been a core part of my values.
In February, I decided to take my commitment to social impact a step further by joining the YCore Fellowship. This program provides young professionals passionate about social impact the opportunity to leverage the power of youthful energy and professional skills to help a Bay Area nonprofit. Over the past four months, my team combined our backgrounds in engineering, marketing, and project management to help the Community Music Center of San Francisco (CMC) find sustainable new revenue streams so that they can continue to carry out their 100-year legacy of providing high quality music education to students of all ages regardless of financial need through scholarships and a sliding-scale tuition program. Additionally, CMC helps to preserve San Francisco’s rich cultural history through it’s strong connection to the community in the Mission and Richmond districts of San Francisco.
As many of you know, studying opera, violin, and piano while growing up not only had a tremendous impact on my intellectual and interpersonal development but greatly enriched my life. Therefore, it has been extremely rewarding to use my professional skills to support an organization that helps make a musical education accessible to all.
Participating in YCore has also been an amazing experience full of professional and personal growth. Through YCore’s series of workshops, I have learned about the underlying social and economic problems that nonprofits aim to solve and practical skills such as the application of design thinking to social problems. As a member of a 5-person project team, I put these and other skills into practice by driving a project from end-to-end in a short timeframe while engaging stakeholders such as YCore, the CMC board members and employees that we collaborated with, and representatives of CMC’s broad student base.
YCore’s continued success depends on your financial support. It would mean the world to me if you could donate to YCore and help them to continue to expand their impact. Anything helps, no matter how small :)
You can donate on this page, or through PayPal or Venmo me @Julia-Guenther. I will personally input all PayPal and Venmo transactions here to keep track of progress toward my fundraising goal.
Thanks in advance for your generosity!