Social Services

Believe In Me Empowerment Corporation

Believe In Me Empowerment Corporation (BIMEC) improves the lives of children, young adults and their families impacted by and or affected by incarceration. The agency provides hope, opportunities, and supportive services for families in New Haven so they may overcome challenges, reach their full potential, and become productive citizens. The Fellow would work primarily with their Supportive Recovery Housing Program providing Case Management Services, with additional duties such as outreach and engagement assigned as needed.

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Agency website: www.bimecnewhaven.com


Center for Children’s Advocacy

The Center for Children’s Advocacy (CCA) is a non-profit legal service organization that fights for the legal rights of vulnerable children in Connecticut. The Medical-Legal Partnership Project (MLPP) at CCA improves health outcomes for low-income children through interdisciplinary collaboration in the medical setting by addressing patients’ health harming legal needs. The Fellow would work with the MLPP lawyer and physicians at YNHH on projects that seek to diminish the impact of social determinants of health on children and on direct advocacy with patients and families. In the summer 2021,  the Fellow would work specifically on two projects–education advocacy and CCA’s Healthy Homes project.

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Agency website: cca-ct.org


CitySeed

CitySeed is a nonprofit organization that seeks to provide access to fresh, local food for all New Haven residents. They believe access is a combination of proximity to food, affordability of food, and knowledge about food. The Fellow would support the growth, promotion, and administration of CItySeed’s Socially Distant Farmers Markets. The Fellow would develop and maintain online systems, as well as strengthen partnerships with farmers, local non-profits, community groups, and government agencies to increase participation in their farmers markets and Double Value Coupon Program.

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Agency website: cityseed.org


Columbus House

Columbus House, founded in 1982, serves people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless by providing shelter and housing, and by fostering their personal growth and independence. The Fellow’s project will help expand affordable housing stock for low-income and homeless singles, youth and families through property development, acquisition and renovations. The Fellow would assist with property identification, seek funding opportunities to offset the cost of housing development, and assist with cost monitoring of active development projects.

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Agency website: columbushouse.org


Community Place-making Engagement Network

Community Place-making Engagement Network (CPEN) engages and inspires people in underserved neighborhoods like Newhallville to enhance their community assets–people, places, and things–to improve wellbeing, health, and happiness. They believe that communities that have been disadvantaged by racial inequities and disparities should have what they need to thrive. The Fellow would design and conduct a neighborhood wellbeing survey that provides a baseline measurement of community wellness that can be used to measure the engagement and impact of CPEN activities.

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Agency website: cpeninc.com


Community Soup Kitchen

The Community Soup Kitchen was founded in 1977 to provide free, nutritious meals on a regular basis in the downtown New Haven community for the benefit of the poor and underprivileged, and to enhance the dignity and sense of worth to all who come to the kitchen. The Fellow would remotely search for and apply for funding grants and organize direct appeals and virtual fundraisers, including the “Squashing Hunger” event started by a PPSF alumn.

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Agency website: csknewhaven.org


Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen

Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (DESK) serves people experiencing homelessness or living in poverty by providing food assistance and services that promote health, community, and equity. The Fellow would make an impact on the lives of people who are most in need in New Haven by working with administrative staff to identify and steward community supporters, as well as gain an in-depth understanding of how grassroots nonprofits operate by working one-on-one with their Executive Director and Board members.

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Agency website: deskct.org


Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven

Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven (LV) fosters partnerships with adult learners, tutors, and communities to enable individuals and families to achieve educational, career, and quality of life goals–empowering adults through literacy. The Fellow would work as Program Support staff, assisting Greater NH Program Managers, tutors, students, and Board committees, specifically their Marketing and Development Committees, in the realization of their goals.

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Agency website: lvagnh.org


National Veterans Council for Legal Redress

The National Veterans Council for Legal Redress (NVCLR) works with veterans with less than honorable discharges to have their discharges upgraded so that they can receive benefits.  In addition, NVCLE connects veterans with resources, including vocational support, medical and educational services, as well as meals, clothing, transportaiton, and affordable housing.  NVCLR is seeking a Fellow to serve as a residential housing specialist, or a grant writer.

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Agency website: nvclr.org


Sanctuary Kitchen

Sanctuary Kitchen, a program of CitySeed, partners with immigrant and refugee chefs to build economic opportunity and authentic connections through food. The Fellow would support the development, growth, and implementation of Sanctuary Kitchen programming: plan and promote culinary events featuring refugee and immigrant chefs, their cuisines and stories; promote and support the growth of Sanctuary Kitchen products and sales; assist in culinary training, job readiness, and job placement.

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Agency website: sanctuarykitchen.org


Squash Haven

Squash Haven provides individually directed academic enrichment, squash instruction, and college preparation and placement to New Haven public school students in fifth grade through college. Through intensive academic and squash sessions at Yale, Squash Haven supports New Haven youth to achieve school success and physical wellness, and to forge a path through higher education to engaged citizenship. The Fellow would gain an immersion in teaching and youth development that will leave them with transferable skills and lasting relationships, teaching three literacy blocks or academic electives per day and leading one to two administrative projects.

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Agency website: squashhaven.org


Yale Prison Education Initiative at Dwight Hall

The Yale Prison Education Initiative at Dwight Hall expands upon existing Yale participation in prison education by offering access to Yale College courses and other programming to incarcerated students in Connecticut. The Fellow would assist in coordinating YPEI programming, including orienting, managing, and liaising with course instructors, guest lecturers, and volunteers; providing administrative and operations assistance including materials management; assisting with fundraising and grantwriting; and working with community partners and formerly incarcerated students on student re-entry in New Haven and local initiatives based around criminal justice reform.

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Agency website: dwighthall.org/ypei


Y2Y New Haven

Y2Y New Haven is a joint initiative of students across New Haven, Youth Continuum, and Y2Y Network to open a student-run overnight program for young adults (ages 18-24) experiencing homelessness in Greater New Haven. The Fellow would be responsible for assisting the Y2Y New Haven team with preparing for the opening of their program in the fall by supporting in areas such as program model development, fundraising initiatives, and renovation projects.

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Agency website: y2ynetwork.org