SANBORN – Niagara County Community College is home to one of 47 Liberty Partnerships programs in New York State. Thanks to a grant from the Department of Education, the Future Leaders Liberty Partnerships program currently serves more than 280 Niagara County students, providing year-round academic and career planning, mentoring, leadership, learning by service, community engagement, well-being and social / emotional development.
During the month of May, Liberty students worked on “Stones of Kindness” in an effort to promote random acts of kindness by painting and sharing Inspirational Stones. The rocks were decorated with inspirational messages and some were added to the Liberty Kindness Rock Garden on the NCCC campus.
Liberty student Robert Garris was especially moved by the project, showing extra effort and dedication as he crafted over 80 Kindness Stones. Noted his mother, Gina: “I think once I told him how much these rocks can change someone’s day, especially when they’re having a really bad day, he got more interested in them and understood the reason behind this. “
Community involvement is only part of how the Liberty Partnership program enriches the lives of the young participants. Program staff help provide students and families with a foundation for a successful and engaging school experience, through programs that support them throughout middle and high school. The ultimate goal is to transition participants to a successful college or professional path.
This summer, Liberty Partnerships is hosting a free virtual summer camp, which includes a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) camp and reading camps for students in grades 5 to 12, as well as ‘a self-paced career exploration camp for high school students. Although the camps themselves are virtual, each will include a field trip for participants.
The Future Leaders Liberty Partnerships program is now welcoming new students in Grades 6-8 who reside in partner school districts of Niagara Falls, Lockport and Niagara Wheatfield. To reserve a spot for a student, contact Program Director Jamie Reid at [email protected] or (716) 614-6891. The program is free.