We invite current Yale undergraduates interested in formalized engagement with YANA to apply for the Fellows Program. Fellows participate in alumni-hosted dinners on campus, consult on YANA projects and have the opportunity to interact closely with a broad range of alumni in diverse fields within the nonprofit sector. For information on applying, please email Karen Yang, President of the YANA Fellows Program.
Who’s who: Meet the Undergraduate Fellows
Karen is a junior in Saybrook College double majoring in Economics and Political Science. She believes in the positive impact nonprofit organizations can leave in communities, and hopes to share the influence of nonprofit work with the undergraduate community. Outside of YANA, Karen is involved with Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI).
As the consulting director of YANA, Winston, a junior in Branford College, hopes to eliminate certain biases against nonprofits and introduce students to the positive aspects of getting involved in nonprofit organizations. Among the many areas of nonprofits, Winston is mostly interested in education due to his previous volunteering and teaching experiences in several Southeast Asian countries.
Consulting Projects Manager
Me’Lena Laudig is a sophomore in Ezra Stiles College majoring in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. On campus, she sings with Shades, leads worship for Yale Students for Christ, and is involved with theater. She’s excited to work with YANA this year and is particularly interested in the connection between nonprofit work and social justice causes.
Consulting Projects Manager and Treasurer
Alumni Speaker Series Manager
Ginger Li is a junior in Trumbull College, originally from New York City. She is a Political Science major interested in international relations and Chinese foreign policy. She was inspired to join YANA after a summer internship at Catalyst, a nonprofit devoted to promoting inclusive spaces for women at work. Outside of YANA, she is involved in the Yale International Relations Association.
Alumni Speaker Series Manager
Madeleine Lee is a sophomore in Branford College, majoring in either History or Political Science, or both. At Yale she is highly committed to the political/nonprofit community. She currently works as the Outreach/Events Coordinator of Yale Students for North Korean Human Rights and the Writing Workshop Coordinator for the Elm City Echo, where she has helped to found and direct StreetWords, a writing workshop program for homeless individuals in the New Haven area. She is also a student researcher at the Equal Justice Center at the Roosevelt Institute and an active member of YIRA, where she has worked as a YMUNT Conference Director and a Committee Chair/Vice Chair. In her free time she loves writing novels that never get completed, slamming poems with her spoken word group, and hibernating.
Alumni Speaker Series (on campus)
Every semester, the YANA Fellows host events at which Yale alumni and other affiliated professionals in the nonprofit sector can meet with students interested in nonprofit careers. At talks, dinners and Masters’ Teas, students have the opportunity to engage with professional mentors, explore the diversity of nonprofit careers and take steps toward finding their own paths. If you are interested in bringing your professional experience to Yale, or have any other questions about YANA events, please email Ginger Li, Director of the Alumni Speaker Series.
The YANA Fellows offer pro bono consulting for nonprofit organizations each semester of the academic year (Spring and Fall terms). Refer to the YANA Consulting Brochure and YANA Proposal Application documents below. For more information please email Winston Cheung, Director of Consulting Projects.
YANA consultants can carry out discrete projects such as:
- Developing an annual report: gathering, analyzing and finding fresh ways to present organizational statistics, financials and “testimonials” through quotes, stories and image.
- Conducting grant research and writing proposals.
- Creating donor profiles and funding memos to help nonprofits target their most viable funding streams.
- Planning and organizing events such as fundraisers.
Working with YANA Consultants enables alumni and other nonprofit leaders to maintain active involvement with the Yale campus and mentor the next generation of nonprofit leaders. If you are interested in engaging YANA Consultants at your organization, fill out and submit the Consulting Project Proposal Application (links above). If you are an undergraduate interested in serving as a Consultant or getting involved with YANA in other ways, please email Pam Lambert, YANA board member and co-chair (with Liana Epstein) of YANA’s University Connections committee.