Students and Alumni of Yale

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All About STAY

Why We Exist

The Unmet Need

Many students long for real-world skills to help them improve their time at Yale and jumpstart their post-Yale careers. In essence, STAY will leverage how Yale's alumni volunteers - newly teamed with Yale students - change lives.

STAY's Objectives

STAY works closely with the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA), Undergraduate Career Services (UCS), student governments & organizations (YCC, GSA, GPSS, etc.), and other campus partners, in order to:

  • Enhance the Yale experience for students by connecting them with Yale's experienced and enthusiastic alumni
  • Prepare undergraduate and G&P students for life after Yale through our financial literacy programs, leadership forums, mentoring and networking events
  • Encourage students to stay involved with Yale after graduation by providing them with alumni volunteer and leadership opportunities
  • Inspire alumni to meaningfully connect with Yale by interacting with current students
  • Contribute our time and talent to further Yale's mission in the world

STAY's Strategic Role at Yale

STAY's committee volunteers and leaders exert a distinctly positive force at Yale. Traditionally, alumni relations offices don't focus on students. Likewise, Deans' Offices don't focus on alumni. STAY bridges the various Yale communities and stakeholders in varying ways:

  1. Breaking down institutional boundaries, by confronting challenges that alumni or students alone would find daunting.
  2. Finding & connecting existing resources and forming new collaborations
  3. Marshaling STAY horsepower to support resource-constrained individuals and groups.
For example, despite harboring hundreds of student groups, each with their own leaders, Yale does not provide pure leadership training. Bringing Yale alumni and students together in collaboration with the AYA, STAY has started to fill this void. Our programs like the semi-annual Student Leadership Forums bring distinguished alumni and members of the Yale community together with current students to discuss real-world leadership problems and strategies to deal with different leadership challenges. Likewise, Yale has only begun to offer campus-wide joint student-alumni volunteer opportunities. Following the model of the Yale Day of Service of students and alumni collaborating to give back to the community, STAY engages in additional service opportunities and highlighting the outstanding public service contributions through the Yale-Jefferson Awards.

The Model

Student-alumni organizations exist at a handful of other non-Ivy colleges and universities. One-off student-alumni programs exist at some of the Ivies (e.g., Dartmouth's "Take a Student to Lunch" program). Among the non-Ivies with sustained student-alumni organizations, such organizations focus on various combinations of service/philanthropy, tradition/pride, and networking/mentoring. Here at Yale, STAY makes Yale a pioneer in student-alumni service and programming among the Ivies.

Key elements of STAY's model include:

  • Service, programs, forums, trainings, and events open to - and for the benefit of - the entire Yale community
  • Annual recognition of inspiring innovative individual public service through the Yale-Jefferson Awards
  • Dues-free membership, but with active committee service required

Structure

Volunteering for STAY's committees and working groups - or participating in support of STAY - is by application and is open to all Yale students, Yale alumni, University faculty and staff, and other members of the Yale community. All STAY volunteers must be active members of at least one committee or working group. STAY is led by an Executive Board, but STAY's mission is achieved through the efforts of our committees and working groups:

  • Membership. Responsible for locating and engaging Yale students and alumni with STAY. The committee will review applications to STAY and recommend new members to the Executive Committee.
  • Publicity. Respsonsible for promoting STAY programs, events, and opportunities throughout the Yale community. Maintains STAY website and social media outlets.
  • Professional. Responsible for organizing at least 4 career panels featuring Yale alumni per year. Also repsonsible for initiating networking events.
  • Mentoring. Responsible for developing and implementing a mentoring program. Mentoring includes undergraduate/G&P student mentoring as well as student/alumni mentoring.
  • Service. Responsible for promoting the Yale Day of Service, the Yale Alumni Service Corps, and other existing alumni volunteer programs to students. May also choose to initiate new service programs that bring students and alumni together.
  • Development. In conjunction with STAY's Board and Treasurer, responsible for raising funding to support STAY's events and programs.