Future Leaders Liberty Partnerships Program

Future Leaders

Upcoming Future Leader Events

  • August 11 - REACH for Success series at Niagara Falls Culinary Institute
  • August 13-14 - Syracuse University overnight college exploration trip
  • August 15 - Summer participant Award Dinner
  • August 17 - Future Leaders Summer Picnic celebration
  • August 20 - REACH for Success series at Niagara Falls Culinary Institute
  • August 22-24 - Reach for Success Culmination New York City Career and College trip
  • August 29 - Grade 7 orientation night at Gaskill Preparatory School
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6/20-8/2 Girl Empowerment Becoming Wonder Woman Series

Empowerment Becoming Wonder Woman Series

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) sponsored a new initiative this summer to empower girls as part of the Future Leaders Liberty Partnerships Program this summer.  Becoming Wonder Woman focuses on supporting students with life and social skills, mentoring, leadership, service learning, community service, wellness, and social and emotional development.  The Becoming Wonder Woman leadership camp was comprised of girls selected to represent schools throughout Niagara County, including Gaskill Preparatory School, Niagara Street School, and North Park Junior High School.  The girls met weekly from June through August, utilizing research practices proven to promote a deeper sense of community and encourage development of leadership and resiliency skills. 

Each weekly session is centered on restorative Circle practices, which provide a safe environment for the girls to authentically speak and learn together.  Activities and workshops are designed and chosen to address the challenges of adolescent girlhood and include topics such as healthy relationships, communication, self-care, and advocacy.  Additionally, the girls are presented with the opportunity to participate in other activities, including hiking through the Niagara Gorge Train System, weekly yoga practice for self-care, a women’s self-defense workshop, a water bike teambuilding field trip, and an overnight camp experience at the Windy Meadows Girl Scout Camp in Cambria. 

Camp activities will culminate in an open house at the New York State Power Authority, Niagara Power Project, 5777 Lewiston Road in Lewiston on Wednesday, August 15 from 2-4pm.  This free event is open to the public and will showcase the girls’ work and experiences, while they lead Circles so that guests may share in their summer experience.

The Future Leaders Niagara Liberty Partnerships Program is sponsored by a New York State Department of Education Grant and serves over 280 students throughout Western New York.  The program is taking new students in grades 6-8 that reside within partner school districts.  For more information on how your child can be a participant contact Jamie Reid at jreid@niagaracc.suny.edu or 716-278-8151.

7/5-7/7 Leadership and Entrepreneur Overnight Conference

Leadership and Entrepreneur Overnight Conference

NCCC hosted the annual overnight conference July 5-July 7, 2018 for the Future Leaders Liberty Partnerships Program students. There were 25 students in attendance ranging from grades 9-11.

During the Overnight Leadership and Entrepreneur Conference, students were able to focus on building skills necessary for future success. Beverly Robinson-Smith of Shifting Gears Unlimited gave sound advice to our group about the importance of setting and achieving goals, self- advocacy, and financial literacy. We enjoyed a presentation from Angela Jackson, EOP, who was able to share the ample opportunities provided throughout her program and how students can access this great resource. Ronald Mt. Pleasant helped the students to discover their motivation and offered tips for students to reach their full potential. Lastly, students heard a personal journey from April Baskin, The College Simulation Experience founder, about the perseverance it takes to get you to where you want to be.

When the students were not busy being molded into tomorrow’s leaders, they had a chance to enjoy the NCCC campus and Student Housing Village.

8/6-8/10 Basketball and the Science Behind It Camp

Basketball and the Science Behind It Camp

For one week, students spent the morning learning basketball basics from the very talented Coach Bill Beilein. Thank you Coach for your kindness, patience, and sharing your expertise with the students! I know they enjoyed every moment. In the afternoons, Tanner Makowski and Alyse Kalota, both holding a Master of Science in Anatomy from D’Youville College, led the students in STEAM based lessons. Students grappled with using the scientific method; asking them to form a hypothesis, conduct an experiment, analyze the results, and draw a conclusion. We know the information they took away from these sessions will continue to help them in their classrooms. Thank you!

Future Leaders Kindness Rock Garden #LibertyRocks

Liberty Partnerships Kindness Rock Garden

Having a bad day? Stop by and read some words of wisdom and motivation from our students. The Liberty Partnerships Kindness Rock Garden, located on campus near the G building entrance, is open once again. Come check it out or grab a stone to contribute!

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