Academics & Mentoring

  • Academic Yale University College Courses

    Qualified New Haven high school juniors and seniors, who have been selected by their schools, can enroll in Yale academic courses. Participating students receive a full scholarship to cover tuition costs. This program provides an opportunity for high school students to experience a collegiate academic setting and earn credits which may then be transferred to the college of their choice following high school graduation.

  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters

    The Big Brothers/Big Sisters mentoring program establishes relationships between Yale student-athletes and youth in the New Haven community. Pairs meet on a weekly basis for homework help, games, and field trips. Planned gatherings at Yale athletic events offer additional opportunities for mentors and students to come together. 

  • Bridges

    More than 60 languages are spoken in the city of New Haven alone. Bridges provides free small-group or one-on one English tutoring to immigrants and visiting internationals in the New Haven community. Classes taught by Yale undergraduates are held Saturday mornings at the Asian American Cultural Center at Yale.
  • Bulldog Buddies

    This mentor program matches Yale student athletes with middle school students. Mentors work with students weekly to play games, help with homework, and read books. In February, as one of many special events, students and mentors are invited to attend a Yale Men’s Basketball game in Payne Whitney Gym.


    The Yale Peabody EVOLUTIONS Program (EVOking Learning & Understanding Through Investigations Of the Natural Sciences) engages high school students in informal learning and work opportunities throughout all four years of high school. Students spend at least one day per week after school learning about science, preparing for college, developing job skills, and making new friends. Participants spend hundreds of hours each year as exhibit developers, museum interpreters, research interns, and students. Through weekly classes, monthly events, and field trips, EVOLUTIONS is designed to increase science literacy, provide college preparation, develop career awareness, and promote transferable skill development. Each year, EVOLUTIONS students produce an exhibition that is installed in the museum and work as science interpreters through the SciCORPS youth employment program—a select group of EVOLUTIONS students are also offered paid internships in Yale science laboratories.

  • Jones-Zimmerman Academic Mentoring Program (J-ZAMP)

    J-ZAMP, a program operated through Dwight Hall at Yale, connects Yale undergraduates to middle school students in a long-term relationship. As first-year college students, Yale students are selected to devote their sophomore, junior, and senior years to working with students beginning in grade 6 and ending with middle school graduation.
  • Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project

    The Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project is a collaborative teaching program that sends law students into local public high schools to teach Constitutional Law. Participants in this student-run organization also have the opportunity to coach their students in a national moot court competition, the first round of which is run by the Yale chapter right here in New Haven.

    For more information, visit the Yale Law School’s website.

  • New Haven REACH

    New Haven REACH is a Yale undergraduate organization that was founded by graduates of Wilbur Cross High School. This student-run organization seeks to provide the information and support necessary for New Haven youth to access the higher education best suited to their dreams, potential, and ambitions. New Haven REACH offers personalized mentoring services to help students with college applications and beyond!
  • New Haven Reads

    New Haven Reads distributes more than 100,000 free books to individuals, families, teachers, and organizations each year, in addition to providing free weekly tutoring and SAT preparation classes for more than 500 students from the New Haven area. The organization is run out of a Yale-donated space adjacent to campus. Additionally, Yale sponsors 20 undergraduate tutors every year to ensure that every student can receive at least one hour of one-on-one instruction each week with a dedicated tutor.
  • New Haven Science Fair

    The annual New Haven Science Fair offers mentoring for students and professional development for teachers on investigative hands-on science-fair projects that promote scientific skills and research communication. This year, more than 8,000 New Haven students and 43 schools participated, utilizing more than 160 volunteers for mentoring and judging. Yale community members make up more than 80% of the judges and mentors in the program. 

    For more information, visit the New Haven Science Fair website

  • Open Yale Courses

    Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn. The available courses are accessible here

  • PALS

    PALS is a tutoring and mentoring group that allows Yale students to develop one-on-one relationships with children from the New Haven area. At PALS, mentors make learning fun through educational games and interactive activities that develop the children’s content knowledge and skills. Tutors and children meet on Saturdays throughout the year.

  • Refugee and Immigrant Student Education

    Refugee and Immigrant Student Education (RISE) is a Yale organization that seeks to connect and engage with New Haven’s refugee and immigrant communities. Tutors work with refugee and immigrant students in schools and homes each week to foster community and civic engagement. RISE also hosts fun monthly community events, including an East Rock picnic, spoken word poetry events, and an annual multicultural festival, to foster inclusion and cultural awareness.
  • Splash at Yale

    Splash at Yale is a biannual event that brings local middle and high school students to Yale University for one day of unlimited learning. Students take classes in a variety of both conventional and unconventional subjects taught by Yale undergraduate and graduate students. Students get to learn about things that they normally would not have access to, empowering them to find what they love to learn, discover new career opportunities, and become tomorrow’s leaders. Splash at Yale also hosts Sprout!, a similar program that gives students the opportunity to delve deeper into one topic, meeting three to four times for a series of workshops. 

    Visit the Splash website for more information and to register. 

  • Squash Haven

    Squash Haven provides individually directed academic enrichment, squash instruction, and high school and college placement to 95 New Haven public school students in fifth grade through high school. Through intensive tuition-free academic and squash sessions at Yale University, Squash Haven supports team members to achieve school success, physical fitness, athletic excellence, and access to compelling summer and academic opportunities.

    For more information, visit the Squash Haven website

  • The Yale Education Tutoring Initiative

    The Yale Education Tutoring Initiative is a free academic resource connecting Yale student tutors with New Haven & West Haven Public middle and high school school students. Students are matched with tutors based on academic needs and meet 1-2 times per week October to December. The goal of YETI is to provide structure, academic tutoring, and mentorship to youth as they navigate online learning.

  • Urban Debate League

    The New Haven Urban Debate League (UDL) promotes debate and public-speaking skills in New Haven public schools. Coaches work weekly with teams in 18 New Haven public middle and high schools, focusing on a different topic each month. Students learn the rules of parliamentary debate and compete in regular district-wide tournaments held on the Yale campus.

    For more information, visit the Urban Debate League website

  • Urban Improvement Corps

    Established in 1968, the Urban Improvement Corps provides one-on-one mentoring and tutoring to students in the New Haven area. Tutoring occurs after school weekly at the AfroAmerican Cultural Center at Yale. The program also provides supplemental classes on the weekends for students interested in creative writing, SAT/ACT practice, computer science, and music composition.
  • Yale Reading Corps at Wexler-Grant School

    Through the Yale Reading Corps, Yale undergraduate and graduate students serve directly as teaching assistants in classrooms at Wexler-Grant School—they are the teachers right hand in the classroom for several hours per week. Fully integrated into the educational environment, the Yale students support teachers’ activities by helping prepare class materials or working with individual or small groups of students. In addition, the program supports the school’s literacy efforts by sponsoring book fair events, allowing students to expand their home libraries. Through Yale Reading Corps, Yale undergraduate and graduate students also serve as reading tutors and mentors at New Haven Reads. New Haven Reads, founded to “share the joy and power of reading,” increases the literacy skills of children to empower their academic success by providing individually tailored one-on-one after-school tutoring, educational family support, and a community book bank.

  • Yale University on iTunesU

    Yale University has a wide array of podcasts available from faculty, alumni and distinguished visitors. Apple’s iTunes distributes the University’s podcasts, all free of charge. You can download episodes one at a time or you can subscribe to the entire series. Topics include arts and humanities, science and engineering, health and medicine, the environment, as well as other areas of interest.

  • Yale University President's Public Service Fellowship

    Established in 1994, the fellowship provides full funding for up to 30 Yale students each summer to work full-time with public sector and nonprofit organizations throughout New Haven. The President’s Public Service Fellowship has created a legacy of current Yale students and recent graduates who have a sophisticated view of community development and remain active in community building in New Haven and in other cities. To date, more than 800 Yale University undergraduate, graduate, and professional-school students have contributed more than 346,000 hours of community service to local organizations serving New Haven residents.
  • Yale YouTube Channel

    The Yale University YouTube channel supplies a variety of videos to the viewing public. Covering anything from speeches and course lectures to videos made about happenings on campus, the Yale YouTube channel is a free way to experience all that Yale has to offer from your home computer. 

    Find Yale on YouTube here

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