New England Chapter
March 20, 2018 
Dear YANA-New Englanders,

We have some great programs and events coming up around the New England area and in NYC over the next several weeks.  Please join us and share links with your network.
NYC, March 22nd
Boston, April 3rd
New Haven, April 15th


Restorative Rural Agricultural Development for Empowering Women and Girls and Advancing Peacebuilding - A Multi-Party Collaboration Including YANA and Yale Blue Green

Thursday, March 22nd from 12:30-2pm
United Nations Church Center, 777 UN Plaza, 2nd floor, NYC
Yvonne Lodico DIV '09, founder of The Initiative for Governance, Reconciliation, Agriculture and Coexistence (Grace Initiative) and the YANA New England regional chair for Vermont, is bringing YANA and Yale Blue Green -- NYC into an NGO CSW [Committee on the Status of Women] Forum parallel program event as part of the 62nd second session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62 (2018)).
Jessica Scott FES '17 from Yale Blue Green, who works with SDG Academy, an initiative of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), will be in attendance to help moderate introduce panelists from Vermont.
  • Ms. Sahar Alsahlani, Al-Kohei Foundation
  • Ms. Zaytoon Faraj, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Head, Iraqi Delegation UN CSW
  • Ms. Rita Reddy, UN DPKO Adviser
  • VT State Representative Amy Sheldon, who participates on agricultural committee, and is spear-heading legislation on regenerative soil;
  • Heidi Lynch, Vermont Farmers Food Center, Coordinator for Health Care Share (a farm-fresh food assistance program for Vermont families in need)
  • Amy Frost, Circle Mountain Farm, Guilford, VT, CSA and social justice
  • A diplomat who is on the delegation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iraq, for Women's empowerment
  • Mr. Isaiah Chabala, Former Ambassador of Zambia to the UN
For more information, visit the Eventbrite page . Attendance at other parallel NGO CSW Forum events is free for those who register HERE.  
Share Your Career Experience with Yale Students!
Sunday, April 15th

A new Yale senior society, the Society of Quorum, was founded upon and deeply committed to the principles of charity, service and purpose. The group of 12 mission-driven individuals have diverse interests and areas of expertise, having spent their time at Yale forming life-long bonds and reflecting critically upon how they will contribute to their communities and society upon graduation.

The students are very interested in learning about the respective journeys of YANA members and how they have managed to find a synergy between purpose and career.  They are also interested in learning ways ways incorporate purpose/mission into their careers, such as  -- medicine, legal, finance, government & policy, non-profits, health & nutrition, fashion, consulting.

We are looking for several YANA members to speak to this new senior society Quorum during a brunch on Sunday, April 15th (location and specific time TBA) in one of the following ways: 
Alumni Remarks: Event opens with 1 or 2 alumni giving remarks about their own career path, how they've managed to incorporate purpose/mission into their roles, and the sorts of internal debates and questions they asked themselves throughout the journey
Breakout Groups: breaking into groups of 3-4, Quorum members vocalize how they hope to pursue mission-driven careers, soliciting the advice of those in the group on how to improve the plan and stay authentic to what it means to commit to "doing good"

Please contact if you are interested in joining us and help YANA fulfill its mission of creating community, and connecting alumni expertise with each other and with students to help them build meaningful career paths in the nonprofit and social enterprise sectors.

Thank you! 
6:00pm, Tuesday, April 3rd, Boston
The first event of the YANA-New England Public Health Forum will explore the 
Opioid Crisis in New England.

Experts in attendance will include: 
  • Brendan Little, Policy Director, City of Boston Mayor's Office of Recovery Services
  • Moira O'Neill MPH '98, PhD in Nursing '11, Child Advocate for the State of New Hampshire

  • Dr. Steve Bird '91, Head of Emergency Medicine at UMass Memorial Hospital, Worcester, MA
  • Juan M. Spinnato, M.D. Candidate, activist/patient advocate
If you are interested in helping plan other events under the umbrella topic of "public health," please contact Emily Dally '12 MPH at   
Thank you and hope to see you at one of these YANA events!!
Rachel Littman '91                  Craig Bida '88, '99 MBA 
Providence, RI                        Boston, MA                

YANA has received one of the following AYA awards every year since  2013 : Outstanding Alumni Shared Interest Group (SIG); Outstanding Alumni SIG Award for Volunteer Engagement and Leadership; and Outstanding SIG Event Award.