Crane fundraising campaign for Casey House
In December Future Leaders held a fundraising event for Casey House, selling handmade cranes at several of our school sites. In January, NCCC joined our effort by letting us set up a table at the college to continue selling the cranes to the staff, faculty and student body. Through the combined effort, our students were able to meet our goal of $200 in addition to many needed items. We recently received the letter below from our local legislator, Senator Ortt, recognizing our program’s accomplishments. Crane fundraising campaign for Casey House
Every year state funded education programs such as the Higher Education Opportunity Program, C-Step and the Liberty Partnerships Programs gather in Albany to lobbying state legislators for continued funding. During this event hundreds of students meet in the “Well” of
the Capitol Building to hear stories of how certain programs have led to the speaker’s success.
Here is a video of one of our students, Heaven Estell a Future Leader at Niagara Falls High
School, speaking in the Well.
Cornell Co-op has been making the rounds to all of our schools showing our students how to make not only healthy but delicious snacks. On Valentine’s Day Cornell was able to incorporate the theme by helping our students make heart shaped quesadillas. As with all of the presentations provided by Cornell there is a lesson on what healthy eating looks like and why it is important.
Our Future Leaders at Tuscarora Indian School and Edward Town Middle participated in a lock-in at Edward Town Middle School. During this time students took part in leadership and character development activities. Students had a great time as they learned what it means to be a positive influence on those around them.
Career Speaker Series
The afterschool career speaker series is continuing at several of our sites. Over the past couple of months our Future Leaders have met and listened to a variety of professionals who have shared their journeys. The most recent speakers include a Parks and Recreation Director, social worker, massage therapist, artist/entertainer, and a Niagara County Community College advisor. Each of speakers helped the students gain a deeper understanding of the different career choices.
Love Your Pet Day
In celebration of Love Your Pet day the Future Leaders program at Gaskill invited a representative from Diamonds in the Ruff, a local animal rescue group, for an after school meet and greet. Students learned about proper animal care, husbandry, and the importance of rescuing unwanted animals. Diamonds in the Ruff even brought along this beauty, Amelia. By the end of the day everyone wanted to take her home.
Our Future Leaders have been focusing on spreading inspiration and encouragement. As part of this initiative several of our students made stepping stones for someone special in their lives that has had a positive impact on them. Celebrating and acknowledging others is one of the best ways to nurture inspiration.
Coping Skills Board
The Future Leaders at Niagara Falls High School have been using their after school sessions to work on developing good coping skills. First, by identifying what negative coping skills looks like they can begin to foster positive ones. This student led board changes weekly to highlight a new positive coping skill to try.
De-stressing Through Art Series
Students at Lockport High School have been investigating different ways that art can help to relieve stress. Each month students engage in a different medium to help them relax and develop a sense of calm.