Urban Initiatives

Agency on Aging of South Central CT

The mission of the Agency on Aging is to empower adults to remain as independent and engaged as possible within their communities through advocacy, information and services. The Agency on Aging provides older adults and those with disabilities with support and resources to live at home, assistance and support for caregivers, training for professionals, and opportunities for older adults to stay active and engaged in their communities through work and meaningful volunteerism. The Fellow would support the sustainability of Agency on Aging’s volunteer and senior employment programs by identifying funding sources and preparing grant applications.

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Agency website: www.aoascc.org


Canal Dock Boathouse

Affordable access to multiple non-motorized boating opportunities, together with environmental education programs are the long term goals for Canal Dock Boathouse, Inc (CDBi).  CDBi has been operating after school youth indoor rowing programs since the fall of 2014, and on-water rowing since fall of 2015. Adult on-water rowing began in the fall of 2015, and indoor classes began January of 2016.  CDBi’s Fellow must be experienced in sculling and training for rowing. Daily activity will be teaching and coaching sculling (from a single) and fitness training for youth and adults. Related projects like equipment upkeep and event production as with our Dragon Boat Regatta (June 4, 2017) will take place as needed.

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Agency website: www.canaldock.org


City of New Haven: City Plan-Sustainability and Resilience Planning

The City Plan Department is responsible for policies, plans and regulations concerning the physical development of New Haven and encourages a sustainable land use, economic, cultural and environmental agenda.  The Department is responsible for maintaining the Comprehensive Plan of Development as well as other area-and topic specific development plans, and writes reports for the City Plan Commission, the Board of Zoning Appeals; provides staff support for the Historic District Commission as well as administrative support, planning assistance, project management and design review to a number of city programs and projects. The Fellow will assist the City’s Comprehensive Planner in developing a Commercial/Industrial Tool box to guide businesses in special flood hazard areas of the city regarding floodplain development thus enhancing the resilience of commercial infrastructure to flooding and sea-level rise. The Fellow will also assist in conducting public outreach within the city’s coastal communities regarding tools and resources available to them in adapting to a changing climate.

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Agency website: www.cityofnewhaven.com/cityplan


City of New Haven: City Plan-Waterfront Access Planning

The City Plan Department is responsible for policies, plans and regulations concerning the physical development of New Haven and encourages a sustainable land use, economic, cultural and environmental agenda.  The Department is responsible for maintaining the Comprehensive Plan of Development as well as other area-and topic specific development plans, and writes reports for the City Plan Commission, the Board of Zoning Appeals; provides staff support for the Historic District Commission as well as administrative support, planning assistance, project management and design review to a number of city programs and projects. City Plan seeks seeks a Fellow interested in urban planning, waterfront development, and sustainability & resilience (planning for the effects of climate change) and project management to assist the Executive Director with a number of projects in the City’s Coastal Zone, including the on-going construction of the Boathouse at Canal Dock, and the creation of plans to prepare the City for the effects of sea-level rise in low-lying coastal areas, and along the City’s rivers.  

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Agency website: www.cityofnewhaven.com/cityplan


City of New Haven: Newhallville Safe Neighborhood Initiative

The mission of the Newhallville Safe Neighborhood Initiative (NSNI) is to revitalize Newhallville into a “neighborhood of opportunity,” where people feel safe spending time outside their homes and participate with neighbors in local activities. NSNI’s goals include decreasing the rates of crime, poverty, school drop-outs, blighted areas and other issues impacted the quality of life for Newhallville residents. Residents, through community focus groups and surveys, have identified issues which they feel are impacting the community such as unsupervised youth, lack of community cohesion and poor relationship between law enforcement agencies and Newhallville residents. The Fellow will be responsible for collecting and analyzing data, engaging with stakeholders, attending meetings, submitting reports, assist with management of the Youth Ambassadors program and other responsibilities related to NSNI. 

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Agency website: www.cityofnewhaven.com


DataHaven

DataHaven collects and interprets public population, economic, and health data about New Haven and the broader region. It makes data accessible and understandable through analysis, and then shares it so that local stakeholders can apply it to create informed solutions to problems in their communities. Municipal governments, state agencies, community foundations, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, students, and citizens use DataHaven’s services. DataHaven is a formal partner of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP), a collaborative national effort by the Urban Institute of Washington, DC, to further the development and use of neighborhood information systems in local policymaking and community building. The Fellow will support the work of DataHaven to plan the 2018 Community Wellbeing Survey, a statewide survey on social, economic, and well-being indicators. The Fellow will also be tasked with analyzing data; writing news articles, blog posts, or other online resources to communicate data findings to general audiences; collaborating with other organizations; and proofreading/copyediting of research documents, and has the opportunity to be listed as an author on publications.

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Agency website: www.ctdatahaven.org


Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen

Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (DESK) provides free, nutritious meals for homeless individuals and families, as well as the working and non-working poor. To this end, DESK provides daily hot evening meals, bag lunches, weekly food pantry bags, and an emergency food bank for people in crisis.  DESK also has a pet food pantry and a bi-weekly food supplement program for seniors.  The Fellow will play a leading role in analyzing and strengthening DESK’s multi-platform communication and promotion strategy

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Agency website: downtowneveningsoupkitchen.com


The Institute Library

The Institute Library was founded in 1826 as a mutual encouragement society and membership library for young mechanics of New Haven seeking to further their education in the technical and liberal arts. In 1835, the Institute opened to women, and with lectures, classes, and a circulating library, stood for many as the democratic heart of intellectual life in New Haven, attracting notable speakers Ralph Waldo Emerson, Charles Dickens, Frederick Douglass, and Anna E. Dickinson. As published in 1841 and continuing today for its 500 members and the greater New Haven community, “The object of this Institute shall be mutual assistance in the attainment of useful knowledge.” The Institute accomplishes this through literature, civil discourse, and the arts, with a vision of the perpetuation of the modern library as physical place, social space, and democratic resource.  The Institute seeks support in membership, development, marketing, and programs, including archives and its organization blog. Undergraduates from American Studies, Comparative Literature, English Language and Literature, Film and Media Studies, History, Humanities, Literature, Sociology, or Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies or graduate students in Architecture, Art, Management, or Music are invited to apply.

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Agency website: www.institutelibrary.org


New Haven Free Public Library

The New Haven Free Public Library (NHFPL) is a community treasure focused on creating experiences for all ages and sectors of society to advance economic engagement, lifelong learning, cultural connections, and young minds.  The Library serves as a powerful force in developing strong and safe neighborhoods; providing opportunities for connected learning, job readiness and entrepreneurship; and stimulating creativity, civic awareness, and community leadership. The NHFPL has five locations across the city as well as a Readmobile and 24/7 digital branch of online resources. The Fellow will evaluate and synthesize the results from several data-gathering and survey tools currently in use by the Library and recommend best practices to achieve our goals as an evidence-based institution. 

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Agency website: www.nhfpl.org


New Haven Works

New Haven Works is a partnership between government, community, labor and the private sector to strengthen the middle class in New Haven. In 2013, major employers, unions, and elected city officials collaborated to create New Haven Works, a city-wide partnership to ensure that regional employers and businesses have access to a local talent pool and that qualified city residents have access to good jobs. New Haven Works is also an implementing partner in Yale’s local hiring commitment, seeking to place 1,000 city residents into good jobs at Yale, 500 specifically from neighborhoods of need.  The Fellow will provide support to members of New Haven Works (over 1,000 city residents), including on-boarding, job search, application, interview and placement support and will help with strategic projects that include data analysis and employer research/outreach.  

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Agency website: www.newhavenworkspipeline.org