Dwight Hall Sponsors Eight Summer Projects in New Haven

Eight Yale students are working this summer to improve life in New Haven and advance the cause of social justice, thanks to the Dwight Hall Summer Internship Program. The program, now in its 30th year, provides funding so that students can work full time to establish new community service projects or enhance existing ones. This year’s interns are pursuing the following projects:

Vanessa Agard-Jones (2000) is working at Yale’s Center for the Study of Race, Inequality and Politics, developing a national conference to be held in 1999 for Latino college students and young adults to discuss and advance the cause of social justice.

Amanda Bell (2000) is working with the Special Projects division of Human Resources at City Hall to establish more efficient and caring ways of helping homeless and formerly homeless clients in New Haven.

Rebecca Goodman (2000) is working as artistic director for the Yale Children’s Theater Summer Company and developing a theater/sports curriculum for junior and senior high school students.

Anne Langford (1999) is working at the Domestic Violence Training Project in New Haven, restructuring their current resource library and writing grants to expand it. The program is affiliated with the University of Connecticut’s Health Center.

Anne Lightbody (1999) is working at the New Haven Ecology Project’s Springside Farm, teaching middle school students about ecology, farming and environmental issues.

Connor Martin (2000) is working with the Homeless Theater Troupe (which was started by a Dwight Hall Summer Intern last year) to expand their volunteer base, coordinate rehearsals and help troupe members take on responsibilities as director, stage manager and technical crew for future productions.

Lisa Powell (1999) is working for Connecticut Voices for Children. She is researching and writing reports for the state legislature about “family friendly” work policies and juvenile crime prevention.

Peter Stein (1999) is working at Varick Memorial AME Zion Church in New Haven, helping young people in the Dixwell neighborhood to create and distribute a calendar of community events. He is also developing a tour of African-American historic sites in Dixwell and working with neighborhood high school students to identify and solve local problems.

For further information, contact Teresa Mithen, director of the Dwight Hall Summer Internship Program, at 432-0684.

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