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SHA Young Alumnae Leadership

The Young Alumnae Leadership Circle of Sacred Heart Academy, YALC, is aalumnae volunteer group dedicated to fostering and sustaining relationships with young alumnae (10-15 years out), celebrating traditions and lifelong friendshipsand engaging with the School in meaningful ways. The YALC advises the Office of Alumnae Relations and assists with developing a communications and engagement program tailored to our young alumnae. The YALC also acts to shepherd the development of volunteers and future leaders in ways that deepen their partnership with Sacred Heart Academy and their commitment to the mission of the School and future generations of SHA students.  
 
Goals 
  • Serve as an advisory group to the President and the Office of Alumnae Relations  
  • Collaborate with the Academy in building a meaningful and engaging young alumnae program that serves the needs of the students and our young alumnae  
  • Work to increase young alumnae support and involvement in the life of the school 

Sub-committees: 
Engagement and Advocacy Committee  
Collaborate with the Alumnae Office in creating a robust alumnae engagement program that represents and supports all SHA alumnaePromote and raise awareness for issues that further the mission of the School and the development and empowerment of women. Assist the Alumnae Office in planning the Alumnae Induction Ceremony in May and help mentor the students as they navigate their transition to SHA alumnae.  
The committee with be chaired by the Vice-Chair for Engagement - Erin Hillis '12 
 
Professional Development Committee 
Assist with creating opportunities to support the professional development and continued learning of our young alumnae. Foster a strong and active professional network of SHA women and help facilitate mentoringinternships and other career-focused events and activities serving both the students and our alumnae community. Assist the Alumnae office in planning the Career Day event on campus 
The committee with be chaired by the Vice-Chair for Professional Development - Alex Rallo '11 
 
Philanthropy Committee 
Partner with the Advancement Office in helping build an effective strategy that aims to educate our young alumnae on the important role that philanthropy has in the life of the School. Foster a strong sense of pride in alumnae giving and assist with increasing alumnae participation levels in the Annual Fund as compared to our peer schoolsCollaborate with the Alumnae Office in support of reunion giving efforts, giving days and other initiatives related to young alum fundraising. Members of the YALC celebrating a Reunion year will serve on the Philanthropy committee during that time.  
The Committee will be chaired by Vice-Chair for Philanthropy - Meghan Buckley '12 
 
Executive Committee 
The work of the Executive Committee oversees the YALC membership and nominating process with the goal of including 2-3 members from each graduating class (10-15 years out) from a wide range of personal and professional backgrounds representing our diverse alumnae body. The Executive committee includes the YALC Chair, the Vice Chair for Engagement and Advocacy, the Vice Chair for Professional Development, the Vice Chair for Philanthropy and a representative from the Office of the Alumnae Relations.  

Questions: 
Please contact Yolanda Melendez '08 in the SHA Alumnae Office
at ymelendez@sacredhearthamden.org or
Kristen Edwards ‘07 at 
11kedwards@gmail.com  



Upcoming YALC Event

Rebecca Donahue '14
Erin Hillis '12
Stache Jones '17
Rita Matta '12
Emma McMahon '17
Elisabeth McMahon '16
Alex Rallo '11
Kaelyn Rice '18
Andrea Sanchez '15
Mercedes Silva '15
 
Interested in applying to join the YALC as an alumna volunteer? 
Click on the link below to access our YALC volunteer application form. All applications will be reviewed by the YALC executive Committee before the end of the academic year and new members are confirmed before the beginning of the new fiscal year on July 1, 2021. 
Application Form

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    Ms. Yolanda Melendez 

    2021