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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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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

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NYS Liberty Partnerships Program launches new website

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The Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP) launched its new website and brand on November 18, 2019, with an intentional focus on the deep and positive impact their work has on supporting NYS students who are at risk of dropping out of school.

The website heavily features the success stories of LPP alumni who have benefitted from its social-emotional, academic, family, and professional development services and gone on to either complete higher education or find meaningful employment. Additionally, the site highlights the enormous growth of the program as it has developed over the past 30 years of service to New York State. Now with 46 sites in partner schools across 10 regions of the State, LPP supports more than 15,000 students per year.

“As we embarked on the website rebranding project,” says Amy Humphrey, LPP Marketing Committee Co-Chair “we knew we wanted the attention to be on our students and alumni. Their hard work and continued engagement in LPP is what drives us forward and inspires the work we do every day.”

Founded in 1988 with the first cohort starting in 1989, LPP supports students through a broad range of programming and one-on-one sessions focused on social-emotional, academic, and personal/professional development to encourage retention. It aims to engage students holistically, giving them the tools they need to succeed and supporting them in all aspects of life, including family dynamics. With the ultimate goal of helping them graduate from high school and either pursue higher education or join the workforce, LPP is using its new website to focus on program outcomes, highlight select alumni accomplishments, and focus on the strengths of its current participants.

Along with the new web presence, Liberty Partnerships Program is proud to announce the 30 for 30 campaign that encourages alumni to share their stories with the public and inspire investments in the future of students. The organization is asking potential donors to contribute in increments of $30 in recognition of 30 years of service to students throughout New York State. LPP seeks to demonstrate the significant impact their services have, not only on individual students, but on the NYS educational landscape and society as a whole. All funds donated will go to Friends of Liberty, a 501c3 dedicated to supporting NYS LPP’s mission.

“We continue to see an increased number of students in need of these services to help make it to graduation,” says Lisa Kulka, President of the Friends of Liberty “By raising both funding and awareness of the need, we are investing in the next 30 years of students’ social emotional, academic, and professional growth.”

The Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP) was established in 1988 under Section 612, Subdivision 6 of the Education Law to address the significantly elevated, high school dropout rate among New York’s youth. The authorizing legislation stated “the failure of many young New Yorkers to complete their secondary education limited their opportunity for a life of fulfillment, prevents them from advancing into postsecondary education and hinders the State’s efforts to provide a well-trained workforce for business and industry in New York.”
The Program is included in the New York State Education Department’s Statewide Plan for Higher Education as part of its strategy to maximize the successful transition of middle and high school students who are at risk of dropping out of school into graduates who are fully prepared for the rigors of higher education and the competitive demands of the workplace.

For more information on Liberty Partnerships Programs, contact Lisa Kulka at lkulka@buffalo.edu or visit their new website at https://libertypartnerships.com/.

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