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Below is a comprehensive list of active programs that run through Dwight Hall. Programs can be searched by name, cause, or type of service.

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Hear Your Song

Hear Your Song

Arts & Culture
Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Health & Medicine
People with Disabilities
Direct Service
Advocacy and Education
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Hear Your Song is an undergraduate organization founded at Yale University in January 2014 to give hospitalized children in long-term care the chance to become songwriters and hear their songs recorded. Yale student composers and musicians help patients to write their own lyrics, which the composers then set to music, using the children’s requests for musical genre, instrumentation, and tempo. Undergraduate instrumentalists and singers then record the song for their young collaborators. Now in its fifth semester, Hear Your Song has maintained partnerships with the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center in Yonkers, NY and with Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, collaborating with over 40 patients, ages 5-18, on-site. Each week, pairs of undergraduate volunteers work with pediatric patients at Yale-New Haven, guiding their lyric-writing process and improvising music to receive patient feedback.

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Hemispheres - YIRA (Yale International Relations Association)

Education & Literacy
International Affairs
Direct Service
Advocacy and Education
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Hemispheres is YIRA’s international relations teaching program. Once every week, Yale students meet with high school students from the New Haven area to explore a variety of topics in IR and develop analytical, creative, and critical thinking skills. The program culminates in a trip to Washington, DC to experience IR and policy making in action by meeting Ambassadors and Congressmen, while also sightseeing in this exciting, political center.  As part of the program, Hemispheres students also attend the Yale Model United Nations conference – an excellent opportunity to apply new IR knowledge while tackling critical world issues and have an awesome time meeting new friends. 

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Instrumental Connection

Instrumental Connection

Arts & Culture
Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Direct Service
Fundraising and Financial Support
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Instrumental Connection (IC) is an organization composed of Yale College students who volunteer to give weekly music lessons to students in the New Haven school system. We are 100% non-profit, student-run, and a part of the Dwight Hall group at Yale.

We believe that a musician’s duty is not only to make music, but to touch lives by spreading the joy of music to others.

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Jones-Zimmermann Academic Mentoring Program

Jones-Zimmermann Academic Mentoring Program

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Direct Service
Closed

J-Z AMP is a grant-funded program at Dwight Hall at Yale that connects Yale undergraduates to middle school students in a long-term relationship.  As college freshman, Yale students are selected to devote their sophomore, junior, and senior year to working with two students, beginning in sixth grade and ending in middle school graduation.  

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KITAB Inc.

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Open

Our goal is to promote increased literacy in underserved areas of our local communities, including Gainesville, FL, New Haven, CT, and Mumbai, India. We hope to target the problem of decreased literacy rates in these areas by starting from the root of the problem: elementary education. By donating books to elementary schools in need, reading to and with budding scholars through afterschool programs, and tracking critical reading progress over time, we hope to truly affect long-term literacy in our communities for the better.

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Living History Project

Living History Project

Health & Medicine
Direct Service
Research & Policy Analysis
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In December 2011, the Living History Project was founded as a volunteer initiative for Yale undergraduates within Trumbull College. Now open to all Yale undergraduates, project members represent a variety of disciplines of study, extracurricular interests, and hometowns. The project’s purpose is to provide a team of undergraduates with the opportunity to improve the patient-centered experience at Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH). To this end, students are properly trained in patient-centered interviewing with the goal of composing patients’ non- medical histories into a narrative, which can be shared with the patient, the patient’s family, and the patient’s medical team. In this way, the project aims to bring the patient’s personal story to life so that the medical team can provide more holistic care; moreover, it provides undergraduates the opportunity to experience patient-centered interactions.

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MathCOUNTS Outreach

MathCOUNTS Outreach

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Direct Service
Advocacy and Education
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Yale MathCounts Outreach is an Undergraduate Organization working to provide afterschool math enrichment programs for New Haven Middle and Elementary School students. Yale students teach math curriculum weekly in most New Haven public Middle Schools, as well as some New Haven Elementary Schools.

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Matriculate

Open

Matriculate is an educational nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower low-income, high-achieving high school students to make the leap to our nation’s top colleges. They do this by connecting low-income high-achieving high school students all around the country with college student advisors via remote/online platforms. Matriculate’s vision is that one day all the best students in America will have access to and be supported in the best colleges regardless of their socio-economic status or background.

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Matriculate

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Matriculate is an educational nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower low-income, high-achieving high school students to make the leap to our nation’s top colleges. They do this by connecting low-income high-achieving high school students all around the country with college student advisors via remote/online platforms. Matriculate’s vision is that one day all the best students in America will have access to and be supported in the best colleges regardless of their socio-economic status or background.

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MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán) de Yale

MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán) de Yale

Education & Literacy
Human Rights
Immigrants & Refugees
Racial Inequality
Direct Service
Advocacy and Education
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Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) de Yale, established in 1969, is an organization of Chicanos of different ethnic backgrounds who have come together in pursuit of social justice, community empowerment and cultural awareness.

MEChA de Yale promotes and supports the pursuit of education as a means to achieve self-empowerment. Our social and political activism is a direct response to the problems that affect the Chicano/Latino population locally, nationally and globally.

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