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Staff Advancement Grant Opens Doors for Nonprofit Employees

More than twenty years ago, Mike and Elaine Crough identified a common challenge among social service employees – that a large number of those working below the executive level lacked opportunities for further training and advancement. “With a little financial help, these hard working individuals could expand their horizons and future compensation while adding even greater value to the organizations

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Paper Released: The Critical Next Step to Address Lead Poisoning in Syracuse

The topic of lead poisoning has recently burst back into the scene in Central New York due to high-profile publicity and community action; however, it has been an ongoing issue in this region, and across New York State, for decades. Recently, we have seen a steady march forward toward progress, both in terms of increased resources devoted to the issue

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Community Foundation Awards New Grants to End Lead Poisoning

First Grants Showing Noticeable Outcomes, One Year In October 17, 2019 – The Central New York Community Foundation has awarded its second round of LeadSafeCNY grants, totaling $342,500, to help address childhood lead poisoning in Syracuse. In its first year, the initiative resulted in the installation of lead-free windows and doors in 27 Syracuse housing units; 60 income-eligible residents moved into new, affordable, lead-free

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NYCLU Fosters Community Dialogue for I-81/Community Grid Project

Attorney Lanessa Chaplin grew up seeing I-81 every day as a Southside resident of Syracuse, but during her childhood she wasn’t aware of how it contributed to the generational poverty that surrounded her or the negative psychological, neurological, and respiratory effects that can come with living near the highway. Chaplin, who now serves as Project Counsel for the New York

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Good Lawns Cultivates Work Ethic and Entrepreneurial Spirit

The seed for Good Lawns was planted during a staff meeting. Hasan Stephens, founder and executive director of Good Life Youth Foundation, wondered how to teach youth to make money using resources around them. What about offering to clear snow or cut grass? Unfortunately, the young people seeking work wouldn’t have equipment. What if they borrowed mowers and offered their

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Local Effort Enhances Path to Post-Secondary Education through Community Building

At Syracuse’s Fowler High School, an overwhelming majority of the student body is considered to be living below the poverty line. In 2018, the school saw less than half of its senior class graduate. The annual income for someone without a high school diploma is on average $10,000 less than someone who graduated. This can turn into a vicious cycle

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