Go South connects college students interested in meaningful work to organizations building southern communities. Founded by Yale undergraduates who call the South home, this initiative is committed to sharing the region’s diverse people, places, challenges, and solutions with southerners and non-southerners alike. We love the South, but we know all too well that few Ivy League students and young alumni see the region as an attractive option for living and working. Go South Summer counters this trend by placing Yale students in summer fellowships throughout the South. Fellows work on capacity-building projects and provide critical human capital to organizations doing great work in their communities.
We envision a just, equitable South—where economic opportunity is available to all, where social and cultural life reflect the region’s diversity of experiences and voices, and where all Southerners’ rights to political participation are protected. We believe in a South that is honest about the legacy of entrenched racism and intergenerational poverty, and a South where the responsibility of correcting our region’s wrongs is shared between all of us.
We believe such a South will be built by communities that recognize and address past inequalities, work to end current injustices, and fight for better, shared futures. We believe there are already many people and organizations doing this work. But Southerners working together for positive change simply do not receive the resources, recognition, and support they need and deserve.
We believe that as Southerners with access to nationwide networks, it is our job to share the resources our neighbors need to succeed.
Our mission is to bring resources where they are most needed and share narratives where they are least heard. We strive to expand the human, social, and financial capital available to the Southern cities, organizations, and community leaders working towards a more just, more equitable South.