Future Leader November/December Happenings
Program Wide Winter Community Service Project
This past holiday season the Future Leaders Program focused its efforts to benefit Casey House Youth Shelter, a safe space in Niagara Falls for runaway, homeless, and “at-risk” area youth. In an effort to meet some of their current needs, Future Leaders put together a campaign to raise not only money but also awareness about the needs of many young people in the Niagara Falls area. Our students folded origami paper cranes and sold them for $1. When you purchased a crane, your name and your wish was written on the crane and are displayed near the Future Leaders room at our various schools.
Movie Night and Goal Setting
Liberty Students stayed after school for a movie and goal setting activity. Students watched Amateur, a Netflix movie about a high school basketball star student who overcomes adversity with dyscalculia (a learning disability where individuals are unable to distinguish numbers. This is similar to dyslexia). The main character uses creative problem solving skills to remain successful on the court and in the classroom. Liberty students then adapted these techniques to create goals of their own for the remainder of the school year.
Celebration, fun, music, and food was on everybody’s mind during the Fall Fest dance at Gaskill Preparatory School. The Future Leaders Liberty Partnerships program staff joined in the fun by sponsoring the DJ and setting up and working a photo both. It was a memorable evening for not only our students but for the entire school and great way to help support one of our partner sites!
DECA Fashion Show
Four Future Leaders Liberty Partnerships Program students, Rhema Aweis, Tina Ni, Keely Vohland and Jordan Chandler participated in Lockport High School's DECA Fashion Show on Friday, November 9th, 2018. These ladies tore up the catwalk while showcasing fashions from Bling and Maurice's! Congratulations to these four beautiful ladies and LHS DECA on a successful show.
November at the North Park Future Leaders Liberty Partnerships program was all about thankfulness, giving, and sharing. Our Future Leaders joined faculty and staff to collect nonperishable food items that were donated to several school families for Thanksgiving. Our Future Leaders worked hard to promote the drive as well as included a personal message of good will on each collected can.
Crane Inspired Christmas Tree at New York Power Authority
Each year the New York Power Authority Power Project in Lewiston hosts a walk of Christmas trees. Organizations, clubs, and businesses from Western New York sponsor and decorate a tree. This year Future Leaders sponsored and decorated a crane theme tree in celebration of our winter community service project.
Afterschool Speaker Series
Several of our schools have begun an afterschool speaker series. During the series, area professionals take time out of their day to come and speak to our students about their life, educational, and career pathways. Our students come prepared with questions for each speaker. The answers are then added to a resource booklet that each student is developing for future reference.
Students at Gaskill Preparatory in Niagara Falls participated in an after school workshop focused on helping them develop coping strategies for the daily stress in their lives. A representative from the Mental Health Association in Niagara county lead the workshop and provided some great interactive and hands on stress relieving activities that students at any age can employ.
Students at Niagara Falls High School got into the holiday spirit and worked together to build gingerbread houses. Also, the students took the Gum Drop Challenge. Using 20 toothpicks and 10 gumdrops teams had to build a structure that would hold the weight of a heavy textbook.
Liberty Kindness Project
Students determined that Leaders give back to their community and as a way to give back to their school, the Future Leaders at Niagara Falls High School (NFHS) launched a Kindness Campaign. Students utilized their resources and creativity and filled two large bulletin boards in the hallway with positive messages and motivational quotes for their fellow students in NFHS.