No two Yale Clubs offer exactly the same range of programs, but the ones listed here are among the most popular around the world.
Alumni Schools Committee
The Alumni Schools Committee (ASC) is the team of alumni volunteers in each city or region who conduct interviews of local high-school students applying to Yale College. The ASC is also tasked with maintaining good relations between Yale and local high schools. Although most Yale Clubs work with a local ASC, this activity is run through the Yale Undergraduate Admissions Office, not by the AYA. Indeed, the territory a given ASC is responsible for will usually be somewhat different from the area covered by any Yale Club it’s associated with.
AYA-Redpath Speakers Program
The AYA-Redpath Speakers Program sends current Yale faculty and administrators to Yale Clubs to speak to alumni at luncheons, receptions, annual dinners and other special events, thus giving alumni far from a campus a chance to enjoy the caliber of teaching experienced by students at Yale. We are pleased to have funding from the Robert U. Redpath, Jr. ’28 Fund to support this program.
Yale Book Award
The Yale Book Award program is an excellent way for Clubs to maintain a strong awareness of Yale among high schools in their local communities, and to recruit the best and brightest high school students to the University. This AYA-sponsored award recognizes a local high-school junior of academic promise and includes a personalized bookplate stating that the award comes from that community’s Yale Club.
Club Recognition Award
The Yale Club Recognition Award provides an opportunity for Clubs to publicly honor members for their dedication to Yale through local volunteer activity. It is given by the Yale Club (not directly by the AYA) for “outstanding leadership and service” at the Club level.
Yale Day of Service
The Yale Day of Service, usually held on the second Saturday in May, is an annual event that helps Yale alumni around the world come together to serve their local communities. It also serves as a celebration of ongoing service by alumni and their Yale Clubs, and as a catalyst for new service commitments. Service projects are initiated and organized by regional Yale Clubs and other alumni groups, then administered and publicized widely by the AYA so that even alumni who are traveling on that day can sign up to participate in a project far from home.
Feb Club Emeritus
This is a revival of “Feb Club,” a Yale student tradition that started sometime in the ’70s and flourished for two decades. Each year, to relieve the gloom of February in New Haven, students would take on the solemn task of organizing parties around the Yale campus for every night of the month, ranging from simple get-togethers in a dorm room to elaborate choreographed affairs involving multiple hosts and venues. Today, the concept has been revived by alumni, and at least one of these multigenerational parties takes place somewhere in the world every night in February. Although most of these events are organized by Yale Clubs, the tradition is overseen by an alumni-driven “Ministry of Feb Club” rather than by the AYA.
The Redpath Seminar, supported by an endowment fund established in memory of Robert U. Redpath Jr. ’28, presents AYA University Seminars in cooperation with Yale Clubs outside Connecticut. The Redpath Fund covers all major operating expenses of the seminar, enabling sponsoring Clubs to use a portion of the seminar fees to enrich their scholarship funds.