Caltech Y: Making a World of Difference

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Programs Areas

The list of Caltech Y programs is extensive. As a student-led organization, the Caltech Y begins each year with a blank calendar open to the vision and direction of the student leaders; however, programs generally fall within 5 categories: Educational Programs, Outdoor Adventures, Community Service, Social Activities and Cultural Events.

Educational Programs

The Caltech Y has a long history of responding to student issues on campus as well as global concerns in our community with thought provoking forums for engaging with the world. From roundtable dialogues to town hall style forums to providing resources for student demonstrations, the Y has long advocated for student engagement. Some of the most recognized efforts have been those to bring distinguished speakers, such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Margaret Mead, Dolores Huerta, and Scott Ritter to campus as the Social Activism Speaker Series (SASS) now does.

To see a complete list of Educational Programs planned to date, visit the Calendar section of this website.

Outdoor Adventures

The Caltech Y leads outdoor trips to many exciting venues each year where both novices and seasoned adventurers are welcome. Whether you choose day trips like local hikes, kayaking and horseback riding or multi-day trips such as camping in the national parks or the annual Y-Hike to the Sierras backpacking trip, you may find the activity that allows you to escape the daily rigors of Caltech while learning about yourself and exploring the boundaries of your comfort zone with in the safety and ease of a guided trip.

To see a complete list of Outdoor Adventures planned to date, visit the Calendar section of this website. To receive regular email announcements about upcoming outdoor trips, join the Y Announcements Email List.

The Y-Outdoors Committee is open to any student interested in helping to plan and lead outdoor trips. Regardless of skill level, join us and see if together we can make your idea a reality. Contact the Caltech Y for more information on the committee. Visit the y-outdoors page for more information on what the committee is up to this year.

Community Service

There are many opportunities for community service through the Caltech Y. From tutoring middle and high school students for a couple hours right on campus, to a variety of one day projects like volunteering at Union Station or Kids Reading to Succeed, to our multi-day Alternative Spring Break Trips to places like San Francisco, New York, and Costa Rica. The Y offers a range of projects that fit your schedule and interest.

For a complete list of Community Service projects planned to date, visit the Calendar section of this website. To receive regular email announcements of up coming projects, join the Y Announcements Email List.

For those of you who are eligible to receive Federal Work Study as part of your financial aid package, you may also use your Federal Work Study dollars toward community service. Check the list of Work Study Opportunities for more info.

Social Activities

Perhaps the most well known Y program is Decompression, a social activity attracting hundreds of participants each term. But there are others, from Noon Concerts, to the Huntington Tea, to Summer BBQ's. There is no shortage of fun at the Caltech Y!

To see a complete list of Social Activities planned to date, visit the Calendar section of this website.

Cultural Events

To expand the educational experience and enrich the cultural life of the Caltech community, the Y sponsors a diverse range of cultural events such as WorldFest. In addition, the Y works with many other departments and student groups, such as the Cultural Programming Group, to bring diversity and cultural programs to campus.

To see a complete list of Cultural Events planned to date, visit the Calendar section of this website. To receive regular email announcements of up coming programs and events, join the Y Announcements Email List.