Fourteen Graduate from Leadership Training Program

tlc logoJune 5, 2012 (Syracuse, NY) – On the afternoon of June 2, fourteen representatives from three local grassroots nonprofit organizations celebrated their completion of The Leadership Classroom (TLC). The year-long program is an initiative of the Central New York Community Foundation. Participants learn advanced leadership skills alongside other neighborhood leaders in an interactive setting. After participating in monthly training sessions designed to enhance their leadership skills, each group received a $3,500 grant to implement a project proposed and planned during their training.

Syracuse Inner-City Rotary provides educational and safe activities to youth, increases youth participation in projects with positive role models,  and provides venues in which youth can receive positive attention. This organization will use its grant to expand the Junior Hoops for Peace program to include a larger number of children ages 8-14. Hoops for Peace is an event that brings together a diverse group of youth and provides opportunities to develop friendships, dismiss stereotypes and learn about teamwork.

Stone Soup Community Education Garden, located on Gifford Street, provides children with hands-on environmental education that inspires a love of nature, plants, and creatures while working with the community to sustain a flourishing organic urban garden. The organization will use its grant to design and create a welcoming entranceway into the garden, erect a community bulletin board showing upcoming events and install interpretive signage around the garden. The community will be invited to a harvest celebration in September.

Workers’ Center of Central New York advocates for low-income and/or immigrant workers in the Syracuse area. The organization will use its grant to create, plan and organize a conference designed to provide education, leadership and empowerment opportunities for low-income Latina women workers in the community. Volunteers from the target audience will have an opportunity to participate in the planning and development of the conference, which will be held in March 2013.

“TLC created the space and time for us to achieve milestones in our organization through the use of the skills they teach,” said Emily Nisco-Frank of the Stone Soup Community Education Garden. “We witnessed great team-building skills and learned the nuts and bolts of how to build our organization to last. I am grateful for all the experiences we shared and the time spent in this training was invaluable.”

As with previous years, TLC participants formed strong bonds with one another during the course of the training and described the skills they learned as beneficial, timely and practical.
The Leadership Classroom is an initiative of the Central New York Community Foundation. Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of a permanent charitable endowment for the betterment of the region.  The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of more than $128 million. It awards close to $5.6 million in grants to nonprofit organizations annually and has invested more than $100 million in the community since its inception. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and corporations through the administration of nearly 600 funds. The organization also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen nonprofits that address the region’s most pressing challenges. For more information, visit

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