Academic Success and Mentoring

Working in partnership with the New Haven Public Schools, Yale faculty, staff, and students are actively engaged in a variety of programming that complements the instruction students receive during the school day. The EVOLUTIONS program at the Peabody Museum offers high school students an afterschool enrichment opportunity that focuses on enhancing scientific literacy and college preparation. Splash at Yale brings local middle and high school students to Yale University for one day of unlimited learning with Yale graduate and undergraduate students. Participants take classes in a variety of both conventional and unconventional subjects and are empowered to find what they love to learn and discover new career opportunities.

Academic Success and Mentoring Programs

Academic Yale College Courses

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. Qualified New Haven high school juniors and seniors, who have been selected by their schools, enroll in Yale academic courses at no cost.


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.


The Yale Peabody EVOLUTIONS Program (EVOking Learning & Understanding Through Investigations Of the Natural Sciences) engages high school students in informal learning and provides work opportunities. Students spend at least one day per week after school learning about science, preparing for college, developing job skills, and making new friends.

Hillhouse High School Partnership

The Yale Partnership with James Hillhouse High School supports the Pre-AP program by providing students with academic enrichment opportunities run by Yale faculty and students. During the academic year, Yale supports Hillhouse’s Learning Enrichment Center with virtual tutoring to support to AP students in English, Literature, and Composition.

Jones-Zimmerman Academic Mentoring Program (J-ZAMP)

J-ZAMP, a program operated through Dwight Hall at Yale, connects Yale undergraduates to New Haven Public School 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. Focus areas include math, reading, and enrichment.

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 in New Haven.

New Haven Promise

Yale is a founding and primary sponsor of New Haven Promise, which offers scholarships and paid internships for New Haven residents who are graduates of New Haven public schools and selected charter schools. Students meeting certain achievement, attendance, community service, and disciplinary requirements are eligible for up to full tuition for in-state public colleges or a partial scholarship for in-state private colleges. Yale University contributes $4 million annually to provide Promise scholarships to New Haven graduates.

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 for more than 500 students from the New Haven area. The organization is operated out of a Yale-donated space adjacent to campus. Additionally, Yale sponsors up to 20 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. More than 8,000 New Haven students and 43 schools participate annually, utilizing more than 160 volunteers for mentoring and judging. Yale community members make up over 80% of the judges and mentors in the program.

New Haven 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 Yale’s campus. Students also have the opportunity to travel outside of New Haven for tournaments.


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.

Refugee and Immigrant Student Education (RISE)

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 monthly community events, including a picnic, spoken word poetry performances, and an annual multicultural festival.

Shafer Family Summer School Scholarships for Yale University Summer Session

Shafer Scholars are New Haven high school juniors nominated by their high school guidance counselors to enroll in a five-week Yale summer session program in the summer between their junior and senior years in high school. A scholarship from the Shafer family of New Haven provides full tuition for two courses, room and board, a book allowance, and a stipend for each student. Students take Yale College courses in the company of college students and are able to earn college credits.

Squash Haven

Squash Haven empowers New Haven youth to strive for and maintain school success and physical wellness. Team members participate in year-round programming that includes differentiated individual tutoring, group academic enrichment, squash instruction, community service, enrichment opportunities, and college preparation. College-aged team members continue to receive academic, athletic, and personal advice/support, and access to internship and summer employment opportunities.

Stem Mentors

STEM Mentors connects high school students with undergraduate and graduate students in STEM to challenge common misconceptions about the sciences and about the people who study them. STEM Mentors hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including a panel discussion on choosing the right college, a college application workshop, and a health sciences career fair.

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 Afro-American 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

Through the Yale Reading Corps, Yale undergraduate and graduate students serve directly as teaching assistants in classrooms at Wexler-Grant School. Yale students support teachers’ activities by helping prepare class materials or working with individual or small groups of students. Through Yale Reading Corps, Yale students also serve as reading tutors and mentors at New Haven Reads. New Haven Reads aims to increase the literacy skills of children by providing individually tailored one-on-one after-school tutoring, educational family support, and a community book bank.

Yale University on iTunes U

Yale University has a wide array of podcasts available from faculty, alumni, and distinguished visitors Topics include arts and humanities, science and engineering, health and medicine, the environment, as well as other areas of interest.

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 campus events. Open to all, the Yale YouTube channel is a great way to experience all that Yale has to offer from your home computer.


The Yale Education Tutoring Initiative is a free resource that connects Yale student tutors with New Haven & West Haven Public middle and high school students for virtual tutoring. The goal of YETI is to provide ongoing structure, academic support, and mentorship to youth as they navigate pandemic learning. Students meet with their tutors once week, on-line.