Six Local Groups Selected for The Leadership Classroom

October 27, 2014 – Twenty-nine representatives from six local community groups have been selected to begin an eight-month intensive training program through the Central New York Community Foundation. The Leadership Classroom (TLC), an initiative of the Community Foundation, conducts interactive training sessions with resident leaders to enhance the skills and leadership capacity of residents who are or want to be active in improving the quality of life in their neighborhoods or community. The following organizations are new members of the 2014-15 class:

The Historic Hawley-Green Task Force strives to improve and sustain the quality of life in the Historic Hawley-Green Neighborhood. It encourages home occupancy and promotes a sense of community through advocacy. They see the skill sets that they gain through TLC helping the organization enhance partnerships with other agencies in the community.

Karing Kitchen of Oneida Board is a soup kitchen that serves hot meals to residents of Oneida and neighboring areas who may otherwise not have access to food. Karing Kitchen leaders believe that food security is a means to achieving change, advocacy, and support for communities in need. The Kitchen also holds events throughout the year to raise awareness about homelessness. Karing Kitchen leaders look forward to gaining leadership skills from their involvement in TLC to enhance the organization’s mission.

LIGHT of Syracuse, INC. provides services to youth and elderly residents in distressed and lower income neighborhoods of Syracuse and surrounding communities. As a recently established nonprofit organization, the organization’s leaders seek to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to build organizational capacity.

North Side Learning Center, located in the North side neighborhood of Syracuse, provides English language instruction to refugees and immigrants. The Center strives to support community integration by providing academic support to the children of the refugees and immigrants while fostering leadership development.  The Center’s leaders plan to utilize their TLC experience to further their goals for community integration.

PGR Foundation, which runs a mentoring program that provides mentoring services to young girls and connects their mentees with other services and opportunities in East Syracuse. They make these connections possible through networking opportunities with community businesses and skilled community leaders, and by fostering friendships between the mentees. PGR hopes to increase its knowledge of community resources and support services through its TLC participation.

Yeshua Restoration Ministries (YRM) supports the vitality of its community through community advocacy, youth development, support groups and a housing program.  YRM works to understand the needs of its community so they may address them. They look forward to becoming more effective collaborators upon completion of TLC.

Upon completion of the training, each group will receive a $3,500 grant to implement a project proposed and planned during the year. Each project addresses a unique and specific need in the Greater Syracuse community. The Leadership Classroom initiative has trained more than 200 resident leaders since 1993.


About the Central New York Community Foundation

Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of permanent charitable endowments for the betterment of the region. The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of more than $172 million. It awarded $9.5 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations and since its inception has invested nearly $130 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses through the administration of nearly 650 funds. The organization also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen local nonprofits and address the region’s most pressing challenges.

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