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 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:
- Breaking down institutional boundaries, by confronting challenges that alumni or students alone would find daunting.
- Finding & connecting existing resources and forming new collaborations
- Marshaling STAY horsepower to support resource-constrained individuals and groups.
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
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.