What We Do
To achieve our mission, STAY offers six platforms that bring students and alumni together. Through more than 50 events since our founding two years ago, we've engaged more than 1,000 Yale students and more than 800 alums. As we continue to develop/pilot a student-alumni mentorship platform with Career Services, we will soon offer seven:
- Student Leadership Forums. These two day deep-dives into the essence of leadership—sponsored by STAY (and the AYA) and attended by a balanced blend of undergrads and grad/professional students from almost every Yale school—have exposed more close to 300 Yale students to the personal leadership stories (and lessons learned) of numerous accomplished Yale alums who travel back to campus to share their knowledge.
- Financial Life After Yale; Financial Literacy Sessions. We have held 25 of these personalized and informal sessions, sponsored by STAY (with active alumni leadership), at all 12 residential colleges, six grad/professional schools, for Yale-in-NYC (summer-job) students, and for the inaugural class of YaleNUS students. Attended by well over 500 students so far, the sessions reached roughly 8-10% of 2013 graduating undergrads and 8-10% of 2013 graduating Graduate School of Arts & Science students.
- Career panels/webinars. Through the leadership, innovation and generosity of Yale alums, STAY has co-sponsored (along with Career Services, the Junior Class Council, and other Yale organizations) eight webinar-format career panels that have so far attracted close to 1,000 Yalies (roughly 80% alums and 20% students). In addition, STAY has co-sponsored many traditional/non-traditional career panels attended by hundreds students on campus. These panels and webinars have exposed attendees to career wisdom from more than 50 alumni-panelists.
- Student-alum minglers. Yale's amazing alums come back to campus regularly. When they do, STAY arranges for them to meet and mingle with current students. In addition, our plans call for student-alumni gatherings at Yale Clubs around the country, building on past pilot off-campus gatherings. More than a dozen STAY minglers—home and away—have brought together hundreds of students and alums.
- Yale Day of Service; other service opportunities. Service is central to our mission. Through service, STAY can change lives far beyond campus, and can do so through shoulder-to-shoulder teamwork by students and alums. During Yale's annual (early-May) Day of Service, and through local events in New Haven, STAY has teamed dozens of Yale alums and students.
- The Yale-Jefferson Awards. Underlining STAY's integral commitment to service, we annually partner with the national Jefferson Awards Organization to recognize one undergrad, one graduate/professional student, and one alum for inspiring leadership in public/community service. An officer of Yale makes the award presentation in front of more than 500 alumni leaders each year.
- Mentoring. As a pilot project in advance of a mentorship program to be rolled out soon by Career Services to the undergraduate and graduate/professional student body, STAY offers you the chance to pair up with one or more potential mentors. Patterned after Stanford's successful mentoring program, ours will be the first step toward unlocking one of the most-promising areas for student-alumni collaboration.
Our central purpose, previously-lacking at Yale and Yale's peers, sets us apart: our unique venues for unleashing student-alumni time and talent from three Yale communities (undergrads, graduate/professional students, and alumni/ae) as a way to form long-lasting, meaningful relationships. Our mission takes us far beyond New Haven. We aim to change lives--those of Yale students and alumni/ae, and those in places beyond Yale's day-to-day reach.