Dear Members of the Yale Black Alumni Association:
This letter is an open call for nominations for those alumni seeking to serve as a board member of the YBAA National Board. It has been almost five years since Yale Black Alumni Association (YBAA) held its first official board retreat in New Haven. Since then, we have initiated chapters in most major cities across the country. We have supported the growth of student/alumni mentoring, hosted social and networking events, and led award winning community service programs in our local communities. We have changed the way that alumni see Day of Service events, creating signature DoS events around the country around access to education, mentoring, and community development. Our signature programs the Summer Institute of the Arts and the Higher Education Initiative have both gone on to be stand-alone programs.Our theme from the beginning was simple, “let’s roll up our sleeves and get the work done.” We have been successful in accomplishing this and look forward to hearing how you might want to become involved as a member of the national board. We would like to move toward engaging more of our members and creating a legacy for which Black Yale can be proud.
Though every board member is expected to contribute their professional expertise towards the mission of the organization, we are in particular need of specific skills sets to help our organization continue to grow. The following areas have been identified as requiring dedicated individuals with demonstrated experience:
1. Communications: Experience with creating newsletter content, as well as experience using social media for communication purposes
2. Programming: Conceptual and logistical expertise in the planning and execution of both small and large events. Experience creating a positive environment that engages volunteers to effectively participate on programming initiatives in support of YBAA’s mission.
3. Fundraising: Experience working with nonprofit groups and demonstrated success leading all aspects of fundraising initiatives.
4. Positive Change Agents: Experience leading volunteers based on inspired leadership, encouragement and positive motivation.
Please spread the word to any outstanding candidates you may know or nominate yourself! We look forward to reviewing all applications and being in touch!
And if you’re not ready to serve on the board, we could use your support on one of our committees. The development of an effective national board begins with offering interested alumni opportunities to serve the organization. Serving on a YBAA committee is an excellent way to learn more about the organization and contribute your expertise and leadership. The following are standing committees of the board:
Communications Committee: This committee ensures the organization is communicating effectively, including all social media and electronic correspondence.
Membership and Chapter Development Committee: This committee ensures that chapter leaders are able to connect with YBAA and receive all of the information necessary to cultivate relationships with their local Yale alumni.
Fundraising Committee: This committee leads the charge with developing fundraising techniques and goals for the YBAA.
Community Service Committee (Programming sub-committee): This committee will work on the YBAA community service projects that are done throughout the year. Some of those projects are: The Yale Day of Service and the Higher Education Initiative.
Scholarship Committee (Programming sub-committee): This Committee creates and provides scholarships, like the YBAA Book Award that chapters give around the country, which started at the Edward Brooke Charter School in MA.
Alumni Mentoring (Programming Sub-Committee): This committee works with alumni to help undergraduates connect to possible opportunities for work and or educational opportunities.
Historian Committee: This committee ensures that photographs, articles of events, and other publications are archived and maintained. This committee will also be responsible for collecting and storing historical documents to be archived.