Last Friday, the Yale College Council released a handbook for students wishing to stay in New Haven over the summer, concluding a project started last spring.
The guide, titled “A Guide to Summer in New Haven,” was announced Friday night in a college-wide email. The new YCC City team have compiled the guide in an effort to increase the Yalies’ interest in staying in Elm City during the summer and to educate those who may stay on seasonal activities around the city. The textbook arrives just as students are starting to confirm their summer plans, in New Haven and elsewhere.
“Over the years, friends and acquaintances have asked me for so much advice on how to maximize their summers here,” YCC City manager Sophie Cappello ’20, who grew up in New Haven, told News . “When I joined the YCC as city manager last spring, [YCC President] Kahlil [Greene ’21] mentioned that the idea of a New Haven guide in the summer had been launched, and I thought it had a lot of potential. People often have so many questions about their time in New Haven, from subletting and volunteering to transportation, local politics and more.
Since the council created the post of City Manager – which operates under the responsibility of YCC Vice-President Grace Kang ’21 – and Cappello subsequently assumed this role, the YCC has co-hosted a fall festival in the Stetson Library in Dixwell with the Yale Black Men’s Union and various Dixwell community groups.
The YCC also hosted a business panel in New Haven last month, which was a collaboration between the YCC City and Business teams.
Greene told the News in an email that the idea for the manual originated last year with the YCC New Haven-Yale task force, in which he and alder 1 Alder Hacibey Catalbasoglu ’19 have served. But “the structure of the YCC at the time did not allow the project to materialize,” Greene added.
“However, by prioritizing engagement with New Haven through our municipal team, we were able to assemble, complete and publish the manual this year,” said Greene.
Catalbasoglu and Michael Harris of the Elm City Innovation Collaborative had worked with YCC on a number of different initiatives focused on connecting Yalies to New Haven – the manual was one of several. Originally, the group planned to release the manual to students before spring break last year, but this was delayed until the new municipal team could devote the time needed to the project. Within the City team structure, Sarah Guan ’23 and Jillian Jolly ’23 worked to create the final product. Guan herself will remain in New Haven to teach middle school students as part of the US Grant Teaching Foundation program.
“For those who aren’t sure about summer plans, I hope this manual explains why you should consider exploring the city during summer vacation,” Guan told News in an email. “Researching this manual and learning more about New Haven inspired me to spend my summer in the city! “
Guan said Yale’s New Haven and State Affairs office, especially community affairs associate Karen King, was helpful in building the guide.
The manual is divided into seven sections on living in New Haven: Housing; Transport; Scholarships and programs; Public Service; Political engagement in New Haven; Daily life; and food, culture, events. Each section details a number of tips and options for students to navigate various aspects of life in Elm City.
According to Guan, the purpose of the manual is to impart the information students need to face a summer in New Haven. YCC also hopes that the textbook piques the interest of students in staying in the town of Elm during the summer.
“I am happy [Greene], [Cappello], and the rest of the YCC team have made the textbook a priority, and I hope it will encourage more students to explore and experience all of the amazing things New Haven has to offer, ”said the alder 1 Eli Sabin ’22 at News.
Guan and Jolly both praised the flexibility and opportunities for connections with New Haven that the City team has offered to its members so far. Upcoming and ongoing projects for the team include supporting small businesses, hosting a forum with Mayor Justin Elicker, and championing the Yale Prison education initiative, according to Guan.
YCC was founded in 1972.
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