CYC selects only the most highly qualified undergraduates from America’s best universities. Students that pass through our rigorous interview process are invited to join our intensive, semester-long training program, which focuses on developing consultant’s problem solving, interpersonal and communication, and entrepreneurial skills. To ensure that our consultants are able to deliver value to our clients from day one, each training session is taught by either experienced faculty or professionals from the top-tier consulting firms.
Students are grouped into teams of 3-4 and are led over the course of the semester by a more experienced undergraduate (Engagement Manager), and supported by a dedicated group of faculty advisors, graduate students, and experienced professionals. To guarantee impact, CYC focuses on actively working with business owners to implement changes, not just to craft strategic recommendations. For example, last semester one team lobbied the City of Berkeley to award its client a grant to renovate the store’s front façade, which was driving away customers.
To give business owners the tools to succeed after the engagement is over, teams work with local SBDCs & SCORE centers. In addition, as a young nonprofit occupying a unique niche, CYC recognizes the importance of evaluating results & proving impact. CYC collects post-engagement metrics from both participating students & businesses to ensure that the organization is identifying areas of improvement and effectively working towards its mission. We expect modest development over the first year, but as gains compound, increased impact over time.