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Dwight Hall at Yale Neighbor in Residence Application/ Nomination Form
The Neighbor in Residence (NiR) Program is a paid, semester-long fellowship for New Haven residents, change-makers, and leaders with lived experience to engage, educate, and grow within the Yale community.

Selected fellows will work alongside Dwight Hall at Yale and the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale (CITY) to advance social justice and service in New Haven. During the program, fellows will focus on their own unique project and provide mentorship to students launching social justice initiatives. By the program’s end, NiR’s will have a clear path to continuing their impactful community work and be better connected into the Yale community. Through the program, fellows will gain access to a variety of Yale resources to catalyze their work in the community while uplifting the structures, histories, institutions, and traditions that make up New Haven.

• Substantial experience in and a deep understanding of New Haven (its neighborhoods, the nonprofit / social enterprise sector, and the socio-politics of the area)
• Prior or current participation in a leadership role in the New Haven community: community organization; social enterprise; Neighborhood Watch, Parent Teacher organizations, religious groups etc.
• A minimum of 10 consecutive years as a New Haven resident
• Initiative and self-motivation
• Strong sense of humor

• $500 to support a project in their community.
• $1,500 personal stipend.
• Participation in the Social Innovation Lab at Dwight Hall to access development support and mentorship for their community work. Approximately 2 hours per session on: 2/5, 2/12, 3/12, 3/19,4/16, and 5/7 from 5-7pm.
• Access to Yale resources, including the support of staff time from Dwight Hall and the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale.

• Hold at least one office hour session each week (approximately two hours each session) with Yale students, faculty, or staff as they seek to make strong connections in the New Haven community.
• Co-create and support the delivery of the Knowledge Equity Intensive with Tsai CITY, a program to help students learn about the value of lived expertise for innovation, entrepreneurship, positive social change, and creating effective collaborations (approximately 2 hours per session on five Tuesdays 5-7pm: 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/26, and 4/2).
• Support other New Haven residents in accessing opportunities, resources, and events within the University.

• February 2019- May 2019
• Mentorship and support
• Office hours
• Knowledge Equity Intensive
• Social Innovation Lab


Successful applicants will be notified by January 31st. Due to the large number of applications we anticipate, we will not be able to share feedback on unsuccessful applications.

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Contact Information
Name (of applicant/nominee) *
Email address (of applicant/nominee) *
Phone Number (of applicant/nominee) *
About You/the Nominee
Are you (or the nominee) a resident of New Haven? *
How many consecutive years have you (or the nominee) been a resident of New Haven? *
Why are you (or the nominee) interested in becoming a Neighbor in Residence Fellow? What attracted you to this position and how do you/the nominee fulfill the fellowship requirements as set out in the fellowship description? *
Can you (or the nominee) commit to serving 12-15 hours per month for the duration of your term as a Neighbor in Residence? *
Can you (or the nominee) be present for all of the following dates: 5-7pm on 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/16, and 5/7? *
As a Neighbor in Residence, you (or the nominee) are provided funding to tackle an issue in your community. Please describe how you (or the nominee) will use this funding. *
Goals and Vision
If six months from now we were celebrating what a great experience it’s been for you in this role, what did we achieve together?
*Only required of self-applicant
What does community leadership mean to you?
Feel free to share an example of leadership in your community, such as a success or challenge that you've experienced and/or overcome.
What training and/or development support would you like to receive from Yale and the partner organizations? *
Please indicate any topics/areas you are interested in, etc.
Resume submission *
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