ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK
STM's Alternative Spring Break program was conceived as an opportunity for Catholic students at Yale to take part in a formative, faith-centered, and life-changing experience. By immersing themselves in an international setting, locally or abroad, participants in ASB have a chance to bear witness to the truly universal nature of the Catholic Church, while living in and serving a local community. Students are invited to apply for the 2018 STM Alternative Spring Break trips to France, Nicaragua and the New York and D.C. metro areas. Experience the ecumenical young adult prayer experience of Taize; serve a rural community in Nicaragua through health care, education simple construction or gardening skills; or provide service and social justice to underprivileged populations in New York and Washington D.C.
CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES
STM partners with Catholic Relief Services to assist impoverished and disadvantaged people overseas with projects like the Helping Hands meal packaging event, presented by Catholic Relief Services and Stop Hunger Now.
REFUGEE ASSISTANCE PARTNERSHIP
STM partners with integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS) to support refugees who are resettled in Connecticut. Students can assist in tutoring (English as a Second Language), providing cultural integration and setting up new homes. STM is sponsoring a Muslim family from Syria who arrived in July 2016.
The STM Ambassadors program offers an intensive, summertime initiative focused on helping the underserved population wherever you are spending the summer. Students work with a nonprofit agency of their choice on a creative new endeavor that addresses a need and submit the proposal for funding to STM. If selected, the student and the agency could receive up to
$5,000 ($2,500 for the agency and $2,500 for the student’s stipend). This project is meant to bring together the needs of the agency and the student’s personal passion.
STM SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS
Student-leaders who want to be on the front line of social change for the betterment of the underserved in New Haven are encouraged to develop innovative ways to serve people in need through this program. Each semester, STM Social Entrepreneurs select projects to fund via an application process.
STM WEDNESDAY SOUP KITCHEN
Each week, STM’s Wednesday Soup Kitchen serves lunch to hundreds of guests. Students are invited to join with community members to prepare, serve and welcome our soup kitchen guests.
TUTORING AT ST. MARTIN DE PORRES ACADEMY
Each year, underprivileged youth from the New Haven community are in need of tutors to help them in all subjects from english to math to science. Student volunteer tutors help these children develop stronger academic skills, better concentration, more confidence and stronger study skills.