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Mission-driven Initiative

We are Yale alumni who come from diverse backgrounds, including being 1st in our families or from underserved backgrounds to graduate from college or graduate school. We connect with each other to share our stories and have a positive impact on the lives of Yale students and alumni.

We celebrate diversity

1stGenYale is inclusive of all diversity: race, ethnicity, culture, gender, nationality, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, and family hardships.

How can alumni help?

❖ Organize career workshops, panel discussions and events, virtual and in person, on relevant topics to alumni and students.
❖ Connect with the Office of Career Strategy to offer summer internships or full-time employment for Yale students.
❖ Connect with fellow alumni and students in 1stGenYale on Cross Campus.
Share your life & career experiences with students through 1stGenYale networking programs held twice a year on campus and many opportunities throughout the year.
❖ We are looking for alumni leaders to help us grow into a sustainable organization.
❖ Your ideas? Email us.

connecting alumni

Financial support

Mentoring opportunity

Alumni supporting alumni

Alumni & students in other cities

Sharing our stories

resources for students

current program

We created this new program to connect Yale College students on financial aid and many who are first-gen with Yale faculty and non-profit professionals. Over 45 student interns committed to work in the summer of 2021 projects including AIDS, biostatistics, communication, cancer, COVID-19, education, environmental or global health, epidemiology, grant writing, information systems, mental health, social & behavioral sciences, safe sports, STEM teaching, trauma, and so much more. READ MORE

With faculty from Yale School of Management, Yale School of Public Health, and professionals from several non-profits, this is a great opportunity to do research, have a window into a professional school and profession, and add research to their resumes and possible applications to graduate school and future careers.

resources for students

resources for alumni

events & initiatives

signature annual events


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  • Best Practices for Nonprofit Governance
  • Demystify Graduate Fellowship Awards
  • Conversation with Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernández ’82
  • Use Linkedin to Your Advantage
  • The Meritocracy Trap
  • Our Story: 2016 — August 2020
  • Alumni Perspectives: Navigating Yale & Beyond | FSY 2020
  • Developing a Strategy to Transition Careers
  • Screenwriting 101: Write Your First Screenplay
  • Yalies Who Graduated into the ’08-’09 Financial Crisis
  • What Do You Need to Know Before Applying to Med School?
  • Side-by-Side: Mentoring Future First Generation College Students
  • Finding a Job in Today’s World
  • So You Want to Be a Screenwriter!
  • Coping with Disaster-Related Stress
  • When Plans Change: Interviews: Virtual Is the New Reality
  • When Plans Change: Summer Jobs and Internships 2020
  • Alumni Perspectives: Navigating Yale & Beyond | FSY 2019
  • Blazing the Trail: Being the First
  • Alumni Perspectives: Navigating Yale & Beyond | FSY 2017
  • 1vyG Conference at Yale

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Contact us

1stGenYale Inc.
Mail Box #12
C/o The Yale Club of New York City
50 Vanderbilt Avenue
New York, NY 10017

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