Five Local Organizations Graduate from Leadership Training Program
June 10, 2016 – On May 14, leaders from five local grassroots and nonprofit organizations celebrated their completion of The Leadership Classroom (TLC), an initiative of the Central New York Community Foundation. After participating in monthly training sessions, each group received a $3,500 grant to implement a community project that is proposed and planned during their training.
Participants from Shonnard Street Outlook entered the program seeking to gain knowledge on running a community organization, member recruitment, collaboration and project implementation. Team leader Christie VanDuzer found the experience beneficial in teaching them how to “know and grow” and build a stronger team.
“The TLC program showed us how to get to know ourselves and our organizations better,” said VanDuzer. “We learned to grow not only in numbers but also in knowledge about our community, collaborating with other organizations and what we can do to help.”
Shonnard Street Outlook plans to utilize the grant money to help all residents achieve self-sufficiency and take pride in their neighborhood through mentoring, community programs, and activities.
Additional graduates of this year’s TLC Class represent the following organizations:
Immigrant Refugee Youth Association of Onondaga County aims to help immigrants of all ages reach sustainability and achieve integration within their communities by providing job placement skills, English education, housing assistance, interpreting services, and wellness coordination. Focusing their efforts on youth services, the organization offers programs ranging from soccer groups to after-school tutoring. The Immigrant Refugee Youth Association’s leadership is interested in learning about what they can do to improve and move their organization forward.
Syracuse Inner City Rotary Club is comprised of business owners and professionals committed to serving families living in the city of Syracuse. Their goal is to ensure access to education, develop role models for area youth and foster a community mindset that welcomes differences and celebrates diversity. Syracuse Inner City Rotary organizes several projects and events including the Hoops for Peace basketball tournament and a dairy farm trip for children from various local neighborhoods. Its current focus is to grow its membership base to include individuals of all ages and fill leadership roles by utilizing the skills imparted in TLC.
Washington Square Neighborhood Association (WSNA) is a non-partisan, community-focused group committed to building a safer, more caring neighborhood and improving quality of life in the community. The group serves all residents of the Washington Square neighborhood on Syracuse’s Northside and leads projects including area clean up and restoration efforts, security camera installation, and youth athletic, social, and educational activities. WSNA is aiming to establish a community center to encourage residents to take pride in their neighborhood.
The Well House Ministries will be providing services to terminally ill individuals in Oswego County who lack family or caregiving support. The unique home care program they envision will provide 24-hour supervision and supportive services so caregivers and loved ones care spend valuable time together. As an organization in the start-up phase, Well House Ministries hopes TLC will be the spark to put its plan in action to create marketing information and build community support.
“We are very pleased to include this dedicated group of community leaders as TLC graduates,” said Danielle Hurley, Director of Community Grantmaking at the Community Foundation. “Their work in our community continues to inspire, and we look forward to hearing more about their efforts in the days to come.”
The Leadership Classroom (TLC) is an eight-month leadership training initiative offered by the Central New York Community Foundation. Participants are community and nonprofit representatives who want to learn advanced leadership skills alongside other neighborhood leaders in an interactive setting.
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 nearly $190 million. It awarded $9.9 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations and since its inception has invested more than $135 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses through the administration of nearly 700 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. For more information, visit www.cnycf.org.