Future Leaders Liberty Partnerships Program

Community Connections

"It makes me want to chase my goal harder."

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"It pushed me to do better."

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"I put effort in everything that I do, because everything has a chain reaction."

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"It helped because it showed me effective listening and to think about my future."

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"This has taught me to go for my dream no matter what. Believe in yourself and don’t let anyone drag you down."

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"The entire program helps me to overcome my fear of speaking in public."

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"It taught me to believe in my dreams when people don’t believe in me."

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"It showed me and told me to take the opportunity when it’s given to you – Don’t Wait!"

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"It opened my eyes to what is and what isn’t."

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"It helped me to get through the future and the past."

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"They’re giving me the courage to go for a job and pursue my dream no matter how hard it seems to me."

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"I liked how we learned about self-esteem."

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Every Person Influences Children (EPIC), Buffalo, NY

EPIC was born out of a tragedy experienced by founder Robert Wilson. In 1977, his wife was murdered by a 15 year old neighbor, a child they had befriended. Investigation of the child’s life indicated that he had been abused, neglected, and placed in eleven different foster homes. He had not experienced love; he only knew anger and violence. While it was too late to change what had happened to his wife, Wilson felt that it was not too late for others. In 1980, he established EPIC in Buffalo, New York with a vision of preventing tragedies like his. EPIC workshops and trainings carry out Robert Wilson’s mission by involving the entire community in helping children make responsible decisions, understand and respect authority, develop positive self-esteem, plan for the future, and succeed in life.

Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers (BFNC)

BFNC prepares, equips and empowers individuals to address life management issues, and to improve the quality of life in their communities.The Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers plays a major role in ensuring that anyone in Western New York who needs help and has no place to turn, or who has had trouble accessing services, or who has slipped through the cracks of the human service system, has a trusted place to go for help in taking the next step toward maximum independence.

New York State Power Authority (NYPA), Lewiston, NY

Power the economic growth and competitiveness of New York State by providing customers with low-cost, clean, reliable power and the innovative energy infrastructure and services they value.  From hosting community events to economic development to contributing major financial support, NYPA seeks to have a positive impact in our host communities and across the state. We help fund museums, recreation areas, and environmental projects, but we also host movie nights, Halloween parties and Envirothons. And many NYPA staffers are active as volunteers in the communities where they live and work.

The College Simulation Experience (TCSE), Buffalo-Niagara Region

The College Simulation Experience is an educational initiative dedicated to improving college retention rates for students from under-serviced communities. Our mission is to use performing arts and experiential learning models to reduce college dropout rates from youth living in poverty. Our stylized enactment of college life uses dramatic role-playing to help pre-college students develop time management and financial management skills, as well as better understand the responsibilities associated with collegiate success.

Hohl Industrial, Tonawanda, NY

Hohl Industrial Services Inc. is a leading industrial constructor in the Great Lakes region, providing a broad array of field and shop services for virtually any need, from challenging capital projects to mundane maintenance tasks. We specialize in projects with significant process equipment to be installed.

With nearly 70 years of experience, we have delivered successful solutions in just about every Market, working either directly for owners, equipment manufacturers or for leading engineering firms and construction managers. In the public sector, we have earned a reputation for the quality of our work in building and modernizing bridges, water and waste water plants. 

We have operations in Cleveland, Ohio and Buffalo, NY.  We have worked all over the Great Lakes Region including Ohio, New York, Tennessee, West Virginia and Kentucky.  Our main services are Rigging.  Our students are exposed to plant tours, career pathways, and guest speakers.

Niagara Global Tourism Institute, Niagara Falls, NY

The Niagara Global Tourism Institute is an initiative focusing on collaborative partnerships between the public and private sector to improve the regional tourism product and global competitiveness. Students learn about entrepreneurialism, cutting edge markets and workforce, and economic development aligned with tourism growth.

Niagara Community Action Program, Niagara Falls, NY

Niagara Community Action Program, Inc., is a countywide agency dedicated to reducing poverty in a collaborative effort by initiating and conducting programs of self-sufficiency.  Our ultimate goal is to empower individuals and families to reach their fullest potential.

Kids Escaping Drugs

Face 2 Face is a proactive early education and intervention program. It is designed to put a face on drug and alcohol addiction. The strength of the Face 2 Face program comes from the peer component, recovering addicts and their families who are willing to share their stories and consequences they faced.

Community Missions

Community Missions of Niagara Frontier, Inc., is a community-based, independent, non-profit, religious service agency providing residential and support services to persons and families in need without regard to race, sex, religion, or national origin; in a way that the persons or families served are respected for and can ultimately fulfill their maximum potential. Through a process of self-determination and independence, Community Missions provides individuals and families with opportunities to discover and find their place in the world. Our students contribute as volunteers for the Missions programs.

Native American Cultural Center

The NACC strives to be Native peoples primary cultural and community local resource. Niagara County has a large Native American population with many tribal nations represented. The NACC provides a central meeting place and focal point for all native people living in the area. Through a combination of short-term relief services and long-term education and support programs, we seek to provide support services in all areas for the Native American Community.

African American Cultural Center, Buffalo NY

With a careful eye on meeting the contemporary needs of its users and patrons, its mission remains steadfast to the guiding principles and ancient rhythms of the ancestry it promotes and preserves. From the multi-disciplinary AACC Cultural Enrichment / Educational Directives After School Program and Jumpin' Jambalaya Summer Program, to the soul-stirring AACC Dance and Drum Performance Company (its cornerstone component), inspirational Paul Robeson Theatre and entertaining Pine Grill Jazz Reunion, the African American Cultural Center stands firmly committed to promoting a positive sense of self among the community it was founded to serve. Its programs and services are still structured to motivate personal growth, stimulate untapped potential and facilitate a better understanding of cultural diversity among all people.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Niagara County, Lockport, NY

Cornell Cooperative Extension puts knowledge to work in pursuit of economic vitality, ecological sustainability and social well-being. We bring local experience and research based solutions together, helping New York State families and communities thrive in our rapidly changing world. There are several educational programs our students attend in the Cornell Campus in Lockport, NY.

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