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Future Leaders Liberty Partnerships Hosts Summer Camps at NCCC

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Niagara County Community College is home to one of forty-seven highly successful Liberty Partnerships Programs throughout New York State. Sponsored by a Department of Education Grant, this program currently serves over 280 students in Niagara County. The Future Leaders Liberty Partnerships Program at NCCC provides year-round college and career planning, mentoring, leadership, service-learning, community engagement, wellness, and social/emotional development to students.

Despite the global pandemic, the Future Leaders Liberty Partnerships at NCCC safely hosted two virtual summer camps for 40 students. The first camp, designed for teenagers, was a collaborative effort between the Future Leaders Liberty Partnerships Program at NCCC and the University of Buffalo. Students in grades 9-12 had the opportunity to join the inaugural virtual camp, “Connect 2020: Career Readiness Speaker Series.” The camp focused on helping students develop greater knowledge of career options as they prepare to enter college or the workforce. Students were captivated as they were introduced to numerous guest speakers, including a senior research scientist based in China, a retired local chief of police, and the Director of Economic Development for Erie County. Breakout sessions focused on resiliency, goals, and the effect the pandemic has on their lives. Building relationships with their peers, instructors, and presenters empowered students with both technology and leadership skills to strategically embark on their career paths.

The second camp was created for students in grades 5 through 8 and focused on strengthening literacy. Each student received a care package that included two books, planned activities, and exclusive Liberty Partnerships apparel. Students met weekly via Zoom to participate in roundtable discussions, connect with their peers, and received one-on-one conferencing with their camp facilitators.

The Future Leaders Liberty Partnerships Program at NCCC is now enrolling new students in grades 6 through 8 who reside within partner school districts of Niagara Falls, Lockport, and Niagara Wheatfield. Please contact Program Director, Jamie Reid, via email at jreid@niagaracc.suny.edu or by phone at (716) 614-6891 to reserve a spot for your student. This program is free and the educational rewards are many.


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Denyel Beiter
Event Coordinator, Public Relations & Event Management
Phone: 716-614-5974
Email: dbeiter@niagaracc.suny.edu

John R. Oishei Child Development Center

Community invited to Read, Imagine, Draw at NCCC

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On Wednesday, January 29, 2020, members of the community are invited to attend a book house dedication event entitled, “Read, Imagine, Draw” at the Dolce Valvo Art Center at Niagara County Community College (NCCC) from 5-7:00 p.m.  As part of the event, free books from preschool level to adult will be available for attendees.  The event will also feature a reading of Where the Wild Things Are, a book by Maurice Sendak and a craft station with activities that coincide with the story.  Artwork created by the students of the John R. Oishei Child Development Center will be on display in the Dolce Valvo Art Center from Monday, January 27 through Friday, January 31.

Participants in the Liberty Partnerships Future Leaders program at NCCC built the book house that will be donated to the John R. Oishei Child Development Center as part of the event.  The book house will allow the community to share and take out books free of charge, and will be a permanent fixture on campus.

Future Leaders Liberty Partnership Program at NCCC is sponsored by a New York State Department of Education Grant and currently serves over 300 students throughout Western New York.  For more information on how your child can be a participant in the program, contact Jamie Reid jreid@niagaracc.suny.edu or 716-614-6891

Students from NCCC’s Future Leaders

NCCC Future Leaders engage in community service

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As part of the Liberty Partnerships Future Leaders program at Niagara County Community College, students from Lockport High School and North Park Junior High School will be focusing their community service efforts on environmental improvements this year.  The high school students kicked off the yearlong project on October 21 with a community clean up.  Liberty Partnerships Students identified the overall need as well as a few key areas that would benefit from their efforts.  In addition to picking up litter, the project has prompted them to spread awareness about recycling and empower others to put garbage in its place.

As part of this project, students researched some alarming statistics:

  • Paper products make up 22% of the liter that is currently in the world
  • More than 250 million tons of trash is produced each year
  • An estimated 1.4 billion pounds of litter winds up in the oceans each year
  • Over 100,000 marine animals die every year from plastic entanglement and ingestion
  • New York produces about 14 million tons of trash a week
  • On average a New Yorker throws away about 25 pounds of trash a week

North Park Jr. High School students teamed up with Niagara Region Park Interpretive Program.  The Niagara Park Program identified the need for more bat boxes throughout the region.  A guest speaker attended the Liberty after school program on November 7 to introduce the students to the benefits of bats, facts surrounding the declining bat population, and what students can do to help.  Many residents do not realize that increasing the bat population will reduce the mosquito population and promote plant pollination.  Students will assemble bat boxes of their own to be installed at specific locations in Niagara County.

Future Leaders Liberty Partnerships Program at Niagara County Community College is sponsored by a New York State Department of Education Grant and currently serves over 300 students throughout Western New York.  The program supports youth throughout Niagara County with college and career pathway planning.  Liberty Partnerships assists students with life and social skills, mentoring, leadership, service learning, community service, wellness, and social/emotional development.

For more information on how your child can be a participant in the Niagara County Community College Future Leaders Liberty Partnerships Program, contact Jamie Reid jreid@niagaracc.suny.edu or 716-614-6891