The Yale Jefferson Awards are presented annually to recognize personal, innovative, impactful, inspiring and enduring public service. The recipients are her three Yellies, a Yale student, a graduate or vocational school student, and an alumni member, all of whom have contributed to the Yale community and their service to benefit the world outside Yale. I went.
Yale University will again recognize three nominees in 2022. fighting loneliness, Providing education and health resources to vulnerable populations, or We support underrepresented entrepreneurs in the New Haven area.
The 2022 Yale Jefferson Award winners are – Jacob Kramer ’22, Dan Li ’25 MD/PhD, and Caroline Tumby Smith ’14 – All will be honored at Yale Jefferson’s Virtual Awards Ceremony on Monday, October 10th at 7:00 PM ET as part of 2022 Celebrate Service Week.
Jacob Kramer ’22
Yale University honors Cramer’s leadership in serving elders and fighting loneliness. While volunteering at a nursing home as a teenager, he learned that many of his older friends were socially isolated and hadn’t heard from his family or friends for months. I witnessed it. They didn’t even get something as simple as a letter. love for eldersis a non-profit organization that delivers handwritten letters to seniors and promotes intergenerational connections.
Since 2013, Love For Our Elders has delivered over 250,000 love letters and thousands of care and hygiene products to 70 countries, sharing nearly 100 stories of the world’s most inspiring elders, and 18 Established Campus Volunteer Branch. To celebrate the elders during the gloomy time of the year-end and New Year holidays, they created a national holiday on his February 26th, the Day of the Letter to the Elders. Most recently, Love For Our Elders is one of his three organizations selected as his 2022 Culture Catalyst by Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.
“At a time when it has become so easy to think of ourselves, people have started thinking of others, especially their elders,” Kramer said. “I am very grateful to the Yale community for inspiring this work. The Yale Club of Cleveland supported the Yale Day of Service Letter Project. They funded the picture book ‘Granny’s Letter Exchange’.Let’s hug the elders and learn how to write and address letters.”
In May, Cramer graduated with a BA in Psychology. At Yale University, he regularly volunteers with Dwight Hall, creating and coordinating free acting workshops and performances for Greater New Haven students as Artistic Director of the Yale Children’s Theater, and demonstrating the Fairhaven School. As a volunteer, I led hands-on scientific experiments. I would like to make use of my passion to make people smile and work as a creator of theater and video media for children. He currently teaches English in elementary schools in Madrid, Spain through his Fulbright program.
Dan Lee ’25 MD/PhD
Yale University honors its founder, Dan Lee (Dan Dan). education without barriersfor her work and dedication to providing educational and health resources to orphans and other vulnerable people around the world.
Dan-Dan founded Education Without Barriers (EWB) in 2016 after witnessing the education and healthcare gaps faced by orphanage children on several continents. Since its inception, Education Without Barriers has provided hundreds of orphans with over 50,000 hours of free online HIM real-time HIM mentorship and tutoring sessions, in addition to donating technical and educational resources. EWB currently has hundreds of volunteers around the world. EWB develops curricula and educational programs that target barriers faced by targeted children, such as Trauma and Resilience Focused Curriculum and Empowering Through Feminine Hygiene.
“The best sources of healing and empowerment come from compassion and action. Education is the best means of delivering our care and love to children and others in need. It is truly a privilege to have the opportunity to do so.”
Dan-Dan is currently an MD/PhD candidate aiming to become an obstetrician-gynecologist who contributes to the rights of women and children through education and reproductive health care.
Caroline Tumby Smith ’14
Yale University Honors Co-Founder Caroline Tumby Smith collaborationfor her passion and commitment to the New Haven community.
As an undergraduate at Yale University at Davenport College (Graduated 2014), Caroline quickly joined New Haven and formed strong friendships and relationships. She invested more and more time in the city, teaching high school students, volunteering to shovel her neighbors during a snowstorm, and being awarded her Fellowship of the Presidential Public Service as an intern in the Mayor’s Office of New Haven. spent By her senior year, she won her Ivy Award for Yale, Seton, and Elm for providing “exemplary service to further strengthen ties between the New Haven and Yale communities.” Awarded.
In 2017, after staying in New Haven after graduation, Caroline co-founded Collab. Collab is a community-based accelerator dedicated to helping underrepresented entrepreneurs in New Haven and Connecticut. Collab has grown to support hundreds of entrepreneurs in their efforts to build more inclusive economic development in the state. Collab entrepreneurial alumni support many local jobs, generate over 5 million in revenue and raise 2 million additional funds. Of the entrepreneurs who graduated from the Collab Accelerator, 83% are founders of color and 74% are female founders. Outside of Collab, Caroline co-founded She New Haven Bike Month, a city-wide volunteer-led traffic justice initiative, and is also the organizer of aapiNHV.
“I came to New Haven as a teenager to attend Yale University, and it became a place that greatly shaped who I am today,” Smith said. “I am eternally grateful to my friends, neighbors and community in New Haven. Their wisdom and mentorship have inspired me to grow, their fierce love has made me feel honored to call New Haven my home. increase.”
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