Yale Day of Service 2016: Strengthening Our Communities Through Access

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Hello YBAA:

Join us on May 7, 2016, as we Strengthen Our Communities Through Access for the Yale Day of Service. This is a wonderful opportunity to jump in and give back to your local community while connecting with other members of the Yale community!

As Yale alumni, we are in a unique position to strengthen our communities through meaningful engagement that helps to illuminate pathways of access to education, healthcare, professional opportunities, food security and more. We are proud to heed the call of the current and past YBAA National Presidents, C’Ardiss Gardner Gleser ’08 and Sheryl Carter Negash ’82, national co-chairs of this year’s Day of Service, and are looking forward to hearing about the ways you plan to participate.

From direct service to impactful dialogues community service can take on many forms, and we encourage you to create or participate in an event that works for you. Do you have a non-profit in your area that you already support? See how you can help them out this year. Is there an issue you are passionate about? Perhaps you can host a critical conversation about it with community partners, family and friends.  Are there organizations near you who which you can partner? Connect with them to broaden your reach.

A great example of this is the work of YBAA Seattle, who partnered with Stanford Alumni to create a conference around college awareness and mentoring! Other great examples can be found on our Day of Service page.

This year, you might choose to hold a one-day service event, participate in direct service such as tutoring for a pre-existing program, or gather black alumni in your chapter or area for a meeting and collect canned goods for a local food bank. Our hope is that whatever activity you choose will allow you to foster connections with those around you as you engage in meaningful ways.

On our website, you will find a few documents to help you get started. Please begin with the 2016 brainstorming guide and our Day of Service action plan. Review the list of events from last year or the program from a service event to give you some examples. We are also available to help you come up with ideas and/or connect you with others in your area who are already planning events that your chapter can join.

As we strive to strengthen our communities no task is to big or too small. Moreover, when we serve with open minds and open hearts great things can be accomplished. We are committed to supporting you as you think about what opportunities would be meaningful for you, and hope you will join us by participating in the Yale Day of Service!

Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve……all you need is a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.  ~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Yale Black Alumni Association
National Board of Directors