Vincent Love Receives Leadership Award

tlcaward_cityofsyrcroppedNovember  15, 2013  (Syracuse, NY) – At an annual dinner that gathered 20 years’ worth of new and past Leadership Classroom participants, Vincent Love was awarded the TLC Grassroots Leadership Award. The Leadership Classroom (TLC), an initiative of the Central New York Community Foundation, conducts interactive training sessions with leaders of grassroots community organizations to build the relationship and leadership skills needed to effectively improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods.  Vincent along with other members of 100 Black Men of Syracuse participated in TLC in 2008. Under their leadership, the organization has grown into a notable and prominent community service and mentoring organization.

“You learn how to plan the future of your projects and how to progress through them in a manner that references where you are at, building meaningful steps along the way,” said Vincent.

The Grassroots Leadership Award is a significant honor; it is awarded to a TLC graduate who has demonstrated success in advocating for and serving his or her neighborhood, ethnic group or community and bears a $1,500 award for the recipient’s organization.

A Syracuse native, Vincent is the president of the 100 Black Men of Syracuse and is employed as accountant and deputy treasurer for the North Syracuse Central School District.

“Vincent gives endlessly and still finds time to participate on several other boards,” said 100 Black Men member, Robert Sykes.

Vincent says that TLC showed him the importance of grassroots organizations as agents of change and that they are a vehicle for residents to participate in improving their quality of life.

The Leadership Classroom has trained more than 200 resident leaders since 1993.

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 $143 million. It awarded $8.3 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations and since its inception has invested more than $120 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and corporations through the administration of more than 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.

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