The mission of Dwight Hall at Yale is to nurture and inspire students as leaders of social change and to advance justice and service in New Haven and around the world. Dwight Hall, a not-for-profit organization independent of Yale, was founded by undergraduates in 1886 and has operated continuously since then as a student-initiated service organization. As the Center for Public Service and Social Justice, Dwight Hall reflects a diverse Yale student body and a strong history of social justice work in New Haven and beyond. Whether through feeding the hungry, fighting for civil rights, defending the most vulnerable residents, or tutoring and mentoring countless New Haven public school students, Dwight Hall has been a physical link between Yale students and the communities outside of campus and has stood as a model of how college students should engage with the world. Dwight Hall encourages and nurtures student service and justice initiatives, by guiding and supporting the creation of new organizations tackling urgent and emerging issues or by strengthening and building the capacity of existing student groups. In this way, the needs of New Haven and communities beyond the city are served, while students acquire valuable skills and hands-on experience that they will apply to their work after graduation. Through their participation in Dwight Hall activities, students come to realize that service and justice are not so much about doing and fixing but rather about learning, sharing, engaging, and building community. Dwight Hall's organizations, fellowships, and resources support the transformation of students into agents of social change. Dwight Hall's envisioned future is to be universally known as a model for forging, convening, and nurturing student leadership in service, justice, and social change. activists from the New Haven community.
Mr. Peter G. Crumlish
Dwight Hall at Yale, Networks, Community Development, Service, Justice
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67 High Street P.O. Box 209008
New Haven, CT 06520 USA
Community Service Clubs (Kiwanis, Lions, Jaycees, etc.) (S80)
Leadership Development (W70)
Minority Rights (R22)
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How does this organization make a difference?
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Dwight Hall supports over 90 student-led service groups and fellowships which contribute over 150,000 hours of direct service and advocacy each year. The efforts of these volunteers impact 20,000 people in the State of Connecticut alone. Listed below are examples that demonstrate the range of our service programming. The Education Network promotes positive youth development through groups like Yale Children's Theater, which produced 4 plays and a workshop series to encourage confidence and self-expression last year. The International Network inspires thoughtful and responsible service abroad and advocacy at home. For example, Uganda Hope Network collaborates with Hope for African Children and Cosma Foundation to impact the lives of 150 households. The Public Health Network enhances community outcomes through awareness, service, and collaboration as exemplified by Hypertension Awareness and Prevention Program at Yale (HAPPY), which regularly provides free screenings to New Haven residents. The Social Justice Network builds coalitions between groups advancing human rights, enabling member groups like Elmseed Enterprise Fund to provide over 30 small, low-interest loans totaling $70,000 to local entrepreneurs. Fellowships promote intensive, community-based service experiences for students, such as the Public School Interns who collaborate with 12 New Haven Public Schools for academic engagement and enrichment services. Co-Op After School (CAS). Over 375 students participated in the 2014-2015 academic year in nearly 50 courses in academic enrichment, personal development, community service, or the arts.Socially Responsible Investment Fund (SRI). Students invest a portion of Dwight Hall's reserve funds in local community banks and publicly traded companies committed to sound environmental, labor, and governance policies, yielding positive economic and social returns.
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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?
Dwight Hall has over 90 student-led service programs that provide direct services and advocacy in greater New Haven. To foster program development and sustainability, service programs are given guidance, support, and resources through one of Dwight Hall's four Networks. The Education Network contains 21 student-led programs that promote best practices for positive youth development.The International Network contains 14 student-led programs inspire thoughtful and responsible service abroad and advocacy at home.The Public Health Network contains 15 student-led programs that enhance community outcomes through awareness, advocacy, service, and collaboration.The Social Justice Network contains 17 student-led service programs that build coalitions between groups advancing human rights.
Sustainable, positive impact within the New Haven community and beyondDwight Hall students become civic-minded leaders
Youth feedback formsParent feedback formsCommunity feedback formsProgram outputs and outcomes
Two example of recent program success are...Engineers Without Boards (EWB) adopted the Roh, Cameroon project in 2012 with hopes of constructing an efficient system that would improve access to clean water thereby reducing the incidence of water-borne illness. EWB traveled to Roh for the project's first implementation trip in May 2013. The team worked alongside the people of Roh to construct a water storage tank, teach households how to disinfect water vessels with bleach, and coordinate with local vendors for sustain a bleach supply.The Musical Cure is a group of student musicians that perform in hospitals and other health centers in the New Haven community. Since 2001, volunteers provide about an hour's worth of music in the form of a small, informal concert. Residents enjoy the regular musical experiences and develop one-on-one relationships for enrichment and connection.
Public, Society Benefit, General/Other
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Dwight Hall supports a series of Fellowships that foster collaboration between Dwight Hall and organizations within the New Haven community. These partnerships focus on literacy, educational enrichment, economic development, community building, family empowerment, and public health within the New Haven Community.Fellowships: Urban Fellows ProgramPublic School Internship ProgramManagement and Marketing Fellows ProgramEarly Childhood Education Fellowship ProgramAcademic Mentoring Program at Yale (DHAMPY)Municipal Policy Assistant ProgramSummer Fellowship ProgramRev. John G. Magee Fellowship
Dwight Hall fellowships create, maintain, and sustain partnership for community development and positive change.
Youth feedback forms Parent feedback forms Community feedback forms Program outputs and outcomes
Dwight Hall has 7 Fellowship Programs. Dwight Hall Summer Fellows spend their summer in New Haven working full-time on a project they have designed in direct response to a community need. Former Fellows have worked with organizations such as CitySeed, Planned Parenthood, and Community Mediation. They have completed projects ranging from the development of a resource guide on homeless health care resources to the development of a 10-year neighborhood plan in conjunction with community leaders.
Community Development, General/Other
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Co-Op After School Program
Co-Op After School (CAS) maintains a supportive, nurturing, safe environment that provides students with opportunities for enrichment outside of the normal school day. CAS offers over 30 unique programs in creative writing, dance, music, theater, visual arts, architecture, academic enrichment, and civic and cultural engagement for 300 students (nearly half the student body). Dwight Hall is a CAS partner and is proud to support youth development through the arts.
Academic and artistic enrichment for total youth development and self-expressionExpanded access to higher education through wrap around servicesCultivation of self respect and worth as a young scholar, artist, and citizen
End of semester evaluations to all of the studentsTeachers evaluations on individual student performance
To expand higher education access, CAS offers a college prep course to sophomores and juniors. Juniors are guided through the process individually by one of Co-op's guidance counselors. The course is open to non-CAS students to drop in because this is the type of information that we want all students to have access to.The SLAM poetry course was taght by Co-op's own students who cultivated the idea from an end-of-program evaluation.A young student who just returned from maternity leave enrolled in the CAS culinary course where students learn how to shop for nutritious food on a budget, follow recipes, and create their own meals. She shared her appreciation of the open welcome CAS gave her upon her return and noted how she values this culinary knowledge for herself and development of her child.At the end of the Fall semester, students with 90% attendance or higher were participated in an attendance-incentive party. Over 75 students attended.
Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)
The Socially Responsible Investment Fund
Socially responsible investment (SRI) strategy considers both financial returns and social good. Created in 2008, the Dwight Hall Socially Responsible Investment Fund is the first undergraduate-run SRI fund in the country. A Student Advisory Committee collaborates with the Board of Trustees to ensure the financial success of the fund while simultaneously raising awareness about the importance of incorporating environmental, social, and corporate governance issues into the investment process. Student committee members have the opportunity to learn about the criteria and methods by which socially responsible investment funds can be managed while developing investment acumen.
Contribute to the success of Dwight HallInspire the creation of similar funds at other collegesMake socially responsible investing both accessible and exciting to college students.
Student Advisory CommitteeDwight Hall Board of Trustees
Dwight Hall Socially Responsible Investing Fund won a 2013 Connecticut Higher Education Community Service Award from Governor Malloy in 2013.
Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other
Unrestricted contributions to Dwight Hall support the the following organizational needs:1) Resources for student-initiated service and advocacy projects. Dwight Hall provides member organizations with funds to implement their programs, access vehicles and bus passes to transport volunteers, and supplies to coordinate their efforts. 2) Leadership Development to improve program quality. Dwight Hall engages leaders in the Greater New Haven community and a global network of alumni to conduct training and workshops. It coaches and mentors student leaders to recognize community assets, support issues that are identified by the community, design and implement a theory of change, evaluate impact, and plan for successful transitions. 3) Resources to activate a Social Innovation Laboratory. Dwight Hall enables experimentation and collaboration as a Social Innovation Laboratory. The Lab provides a forum for students to bring forth their ideas for social change, equips them with tools and resources, and connects them with experts for feedback and guidance. 4) Strengthened relationships and collaboration between students, Dwight Hall, and New Haven community agencies through Fellowship programs. 5) Marketing and Communication improvements.
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Mr. Peter G. Crumlish
The Dwight Hall at Yale Board of Directors has unanimously selected Peter Crumlish as Executive Director for Dwight Hall at Yale. Crumlish brings a wealth of leadership experience to this position, having served as the Director of Resource Development for Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven, and as a past Director of College Counseling at Hebron Academy and Director of Partnerships for Parks in New York City. He is a summa cum laude graduate of the Yale Divinity School. Peter served two years in the Peace Corps, training teachers in the Philippines, and currently serves as a member of the board of directors for the Calvin Hill Day Care Center and the Congo Leadership Initiative.""We are delighted to have Peter join our organization. He brings a passion for service and advocacy that has been demonstrated in both his career and service activities,"" said Connie Royster, chair of the Board of Directors.Crumlish was selected after an extensive search process that involved students, board, and staff in considering numerous candidates. ""He impressed people with his background in service on a national and international level and his experiences in community engagement,"" said a member of the student executive leadership team. ""Students at Dwight Hall are committed to a wide variety of service and advocacy causes and welcome someone who shares these same values in building stronger communities."
Mr. John R. Meeske
Term: July 2014 - June 2015
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