service is an inextricable part of who we are

From left, Tamar Gendler, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences; President Peter Salovey; Jonathan Holloway, dean of Yale College; and Lynn Cooley, dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. (Photo by Michael Marsland)

From left, Tamar Gendler, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences; President Peter Salovey; Jonathan Holloway, dean of Yale College; and Lynn Cooley, dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. (Photo by Michael Marsland)

In addition to providing extensive academic and professional development opportunities, A.L.E. requires participants to engage in service opportunities both within and beyond New Haven. By matching students with local outreach initiatives, A.L.E. helps foster an invested community in which there is a connection between participating Yalies and the city of New Haven. A.L.E. Scholars will be matched with various initiatives working to support lower-income communities in efforts to provide students the opportunity of pursuing a quality education.


How will the service program function?

A.L.E. Scholars commit to twenty (20) hours of service each semester, or an average of around two hours each week. Students can select from a pool of thirty (30) “Education Network” student-lead service groups within New Haven Public Schools, allowing them to match their service with their personal, professional, and academic interests. Below is a sample of some of the over 30 different organizations that A.L.E. students are eligible to serve for:

Volunteers from the Yale Black Men's Union, headed to mentor at a local middle             school.

Volunteers from the Yale Black Men's Union, headed to mentor at a local middle             school.

  • Jones-Zimmerman Academic Mentoring Program

  • Yale DEMOS

  • New Haven Reads

  • Community Health Educators

  • Instrumental Connection

  • Squash Haven

  • Urban Debate League

  • Yale Children’s Theater

  • Mathcounts Outreach

  • Yale Hemispheres



Through immersive service, A.L.E. Scholars will refine their capacity to pull from their personal backgrounds, experiences in the classroom, and lessons learned in New Haven in order to become more effective leaders in a local, national, and global context.