The Yale Alumni Association of New York (YAANY) is proud to announce a new initiative: the YAANY Benefit Partners program.

We are committed to assisting charitable organizations and will extend our community outreach by supplementing our public service and social justice programs to help raise awareness and funds for partner organizations and their causes. YAANY will publicize a benefit event or dinner hosted by select partner organizations to affirm our support for their contribution to the city and greater New York area and to bring together Yalies who share an interest in those causes. Join Yalies, meet new friends, and raise funds at the same YAANY table as you celebrate that organization’s great work and future promise.

Our launch of the program features two stellar organizations and events. The first is the Passport to Possibilities GALA for Upwardly Global on June 3rd. Upwardly Global offers many programs for educated and skilled immigrants, refugees, and asylees to help them overcome the numerous barriers to professional employment in the United States. Our second is the Kingsbridge Heights Community Center (KHCC) Summer Soiree at the New York Botanical Garden. KHCC is a settlement house that serves the northwest Bronx with programs that range from early childhood to adult and senior services. Its mission is to build on the strengths of residents in its diverse community. Both these events are in early June. Be sure to visit their event pages for more information, including information on how to reserve your ticket(s) for these special events!

Do you have Facebook open in another tab or on your phone while reading this blog post? Are you interested in contributing your love of social media to an award-winning Yale alumni organization? We look forward to empowering the next stellar alumni volunteer(s) on our Communications Committee.

Apply to join the Communications team by emailing us at to let us know what you will add to YAANY’s social media and the #YaleAlumni conversation and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.

Aaron Shipp, PCC, President/Executive Director of Y-Apply, Inc.

Aaron Shipp, Y-Apply, Inc.

Aaron Shipp, PCC, is the president and executive director of Y-Apply, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to educating high-achieving public school students from diverse backgrounds and their families about financial aid options and the application process to top-tier colleges and universities.

Aaron became the chair of Y-Apply in 2011, when it was still a small group of Yale alumni volunteers doing outreach in New York City to encourage students of color to apply to Yale. He led the group’s expansion to cities in different areas of the country, and the process of turning Y-Apply into a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation.

Aaron received a BA in English literature and theater studies at Yale, and is actively involved in the NYC Yale community. He has served on the board of the Yale Black Alumni Association—which was named Outstanding Shared Interest Group by the AYA Board of Governors in 2012—and was chair of the New York City chapter. He is also a former vice president of YAANY.

In addition to his work with Y-Apply and the Yale Black Alumni Association, Aaron is a certified personal and executive coach, and runs an independent practice called Get Yourself Ripped: Executive and Professional Coaching Services.

Mark Your Calendars for the Yale Day of Service, Saturday, May 10th, 2014!
Grace Hsieh ’07, Anne Riney ’74, and Amanda Taffy ’01 MPH will be spearheading the Yale Day of Service for 2014 in New York City and they have begun to gather information for projects taking place on or around May 10th.
If you are interested in serving as a Site Coordinator for the Yale Day of Service, check out the Organizers’ Toolbox on the new version of the Yale Day of Service website. There you will find planning tips as well as a link for submitting information for your site.  If you would like to lead a site, please be in touch with Grace, Anne, and Amanda at

We look forward to another great Yale Day of Service in New York!

Happy New Year to All
New York Yalies, 
Friends, and Family!

As we start off in 2014, we look forward to another wonderful year of connecting New York-area alumni to one another, to local organizations, and to cultural resources to give back to the greater community.

The past year saw more than 90 successful programs: the inaugural Foodtober; an extension of our community to Long Island, including a family-friendly picnic at a local vineyard; educational enrichment programs from YAANY’s award-winning Company of Scholars; career and entrepreneurship panels; meaningful public service volunteer opportunities and Yale Day of Service events; and a myriad of varied initiatives in collaboration with fellow Yale alumni and shared interest groups.

YAANY was recognized by the Association of Yale Alumni Board of Governors with an Excellence Award for Emerging Leaders in 2013, in commendation of YAANY’s successful efforts to engage new talent on our board and among our volunteers.

As a 501c(3) nonprofit, YAANY operates with a very lean budget, so to help us start the new year on a good foot, we ask that you consider supporting us—and the impact that Yalies in New York make on the local community—through a tax-deductible contribution.

Your generosity and support are very much appreciated!

We look forward to seeing you this year. In the meantime, remember to take advantage of our website and our social media sites to keep up to date with YAANY and connect with other Yalies.

Warm wishes,
The Yale Alumni Association of New York

2013 Board of Governors Award - Emerging Leaders - YAANY

This year’s annual assembly of the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA) was held November 21-23 and YAANY is proud to once again announce the university’s recognition of our strong alumni engagement and programming at the AYA Board of Governors Excellence Awards.

This year we earned the Emerging Leaders Award that honors “the alumni association that best identifies, recruits, engages, and sustains new volunteer leaders.” We could not create our award-winning programming without active volunteers like you. We thank you and look forward to coordinating more with you through new events and your initiative through our Volunteers page next year!

Following a special a special program and reception in honor of new Yale University President Peter Salovey ’86 PhD and Marta Moret ’84 MPH on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, the board members of YAANY greeted President Salovey and posed for this happy photo-op:

Yale University President Salovey and YAANY board members
Welcome to NYC, President Salovey!

As Director of the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity, Marlene Schwartz knows a thing or two about how the environment challenges people when trying to make healthy food choices.

She spoke at the YAANY Foodtober Food Sustainability Panel, saying that the environment of mass marketing sugary drinks, candies, salty chips and fatty snacks containing little or no nutritional value creates all sorts of obstacles for people trying to search for healthier food. Marlene added, “People working hard trying to improve their diets are having difficulty getting the major food groups that the USDA recommends.”


Our Long Island volunteers and friends have organized a series of fun, diverse events to appeal to alumni interested in sports, networking, and community service. Join them at one (or all!) of these upcoming events:

Bowling on Long IslandAll-Ivy Recent Alumni Bowling Tournament, 11/2
Connect with recent graduates (Class of 2003+) and enjoy bowling, pizza, beer, and casual networking.

Island Harvest Supermarket ChallengeVolunteer with Island Harvest – Supermarket Team Challenge, 11/9
Help Long Island community members in need by collecting donations of food and funds with other alumni at pre-selected supermarkets.

Enjoy the Harvard-Yale Game on Long IslandEnjoy the Harvard-Yale Game on Long Island, 11/23
Watch the 130th playing of The Game with fellow alumni at Main Event Restaurant and Sports Bar in Farmingdale


Please contact Sid Kumar if you are interested in planning or attending future events on Long Island.

As Director of Yale’s Sustainable Food Project, Mark Bomford views sustainability as an evolutionary process with various ebbs and flows rather than a destination. This system-wide view shapes the project’s curricular approach in keeping with Yale’s liberal arts tradition.

He told an audience attending the Food Sustainability Panel discussion as part of YAANY’s Foodtober month, that this view contrasted with land grant schools such as Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, which are more focused on food production issues, developing agricultural scientists and farmers. Fundamentally, Yale’s emphasis is on developing civic leaders who are informed about food and agricultural system processes and options, rather than strictly on forms of food production.