Future Leaders Liberty Partnerships Program

Future Leaders Spring Highlights

Little Free Libraries

Program Wide Spring Community Service Project
Little Free Libraries

The Future Leaders Liberty Partnerships Program partnered with two of our schools and two local businesses to build three Little Free Libraries. Mr. John Briglio from LaSalle Preparatory and Mr. James Lehner from Lockport High School guided the students as they put together the libraries. Home Depot donated the materials and Tuscarora Wood Works designed and crafted the signs. The project not only provided students with an opportunity to give back to the community but also allowed them to learn some basic life skills and safety tips for using tools. The Little Free Libraries were donated to the Packard Court Community Center, the Niagara County Community College Childcare Center, and the Pine Apartments Senior complex.

Book Drive

Book Drive

In order to make sure that the Little Free Libraries were stocked with books at the time of donation, all of our schools held a book drive. Our Future Leaders collect 100’s of books for every age. Four of the students that helped to build the book houses gave a presentation at Presidential Luncheon for the Council for Older Adults. Our students spoke about their experiences and all the many things that they learned while being involved with the project. We would like to thank all of the students, families, and school staff and faculty and all of the volunteers from the Council for Older Adults that donated books and helped us to make the book houses a great success!

Character Carnival

Character Carnival

Lockport High School and Niagara Falls High students attended the Character Carnival at the HUB in Hamburg, NY. The students were given the character “Endurance”. Participating students put together an obstacle course for all the attendees to run to help demonstrate endurance.

De-stress Fest

De-stress Fest

Learning how to unwind, relax and cope with stress is so important to our students and families alike. The Future Leaders program held a de-stress event at Niagara County Community College this past April. Students and families were invited to a free massage given by some of the college’s best Massage Therapy students, attended a workshop hosted by Niagara County Mental Health Services, and made stress balls. Those who attended participated in a raffle, for one ticket for every book donated. The winner received a Visa gift card.

Leader In Me

Leader In Me

Students in the Future Leaders program at Niagara Falls and Lockport High Schools participated in a Leader In Me Event and was held on the Niagara County Community College campus. During the event students worked on leadership skills, developed personal pathways to college and/or a profession as well as spent some time on the battlefield during some rounds of laser tag.

Empire Promise Youth Summit

Empire Promise Youth Summit

Every year students in all 47 Liberty Partnerships Programs from across the state gather together to share, learn and socialize. This year was no different. Four students from Niagara Falls High School attended the Empire Promise Youth Summit. This year was special as the Liberty Partnerships Program celebrated 30 years of supporting successful student pathways. This year’s summit was held in Utica, NY. Highlighting the trip was the opportunity for our students to present their visions boards during an event held on the Utica College Campus.

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Adopt a Cub/ Pen Pal Friends

The thought of going to high school can be very scary for many middle school students. Some of our Future Leaders at Niagara Falls High School students decided to help ease the minds of the middle school students at LaSalle Prep and North Park Junior High School. LaSalle Preparatory School students created a profile of themselves including what they want to be when they grow, their hobbies, what they like to eat, and what they like to do for fun. The profiles were then given to the Future Leaders at the high school and each one was adopted.

The students at North Park Junior High and Lockport High School participated in a pen pal writing campaign, a twofold activity that linked the younger students with older students and allowed all the students to work on their letter writing skills. The students at North Park wrote letters to high school students asking them question about what it was like to be a high school student. The students at Lockport high school wrote back answering their questions. Both programs culminated in a high school visit by the younger students to the high schools. During this time the students got to meet each other face-to-face, work on some mentor ship activities, get personalized tours of the high schools, be welcomed by the school administration, and participate in some fun activities.

After School Career Speaker Series

The After School Career Speaker Series

The Future Leaders After School Career speaker series has continue throughout the spring. The students have met some very interesting professionals who have helped to influence their career and educational pathways. This spring students heard from a professional boxer and a Native small business owner from Tuscarora Wood Works.

Tech Savvy Workshop

Tech Savvy Workshop

Future Leaders Liberty Partnership Program’s 6th through 8th grade girls from Edward Town Middle School and LaSalle Preparatory School attended the 14th Original Tech Savvy Event at University of Buffalo on March 16th. The students participated in STEM related workshops such as genetics, computer science, chemical engineering, renewable energy, and explored a College Corner to discover different College and Career pathways.

Family Paint Night

Family Paint Night

Edward Town Middle School and Tuscarora parents and students had the opportunity to participate in a family engagement paint night at Tuscarora Indian School with local Tuscarora artist Murisa Printup from Tuscarora Woodworks. They made a whimsical and beautiful spring lilac scene in their paintings. Families discussed the different ways they like to relax and relieve stress at home.

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