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 community locally or abroad, participants in ASB have a chance to bear witness to the truly universal nature of the Catholic Church.
CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES STUDENT AMBASSADORS
The Catholic Relief Services (CRS) student ambassador program engages college students in tangible acts of solidarity to build a more just and peaceful world. Yale has partnered with Albertus Magnus creating a chapter of student leaders who are trained to mobilize their peers and bring to life the mission of global solidarity on their campuses. Ambassadors organize awareness campaigns, prayer services, candlelight vigils, faith sharing groups, legislative advocacy and fundraising for global emergencies as well as participate in CRS programs such as CRS Rice Bowl, CRS Fair Trade and CRS Helping Hands.
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 sponsored a Muslim family from Syria who arrived in July 2016 and is preparing for another family to arrive this year.
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 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.