Every year, WNY United holds the Leaders in Training (LIT) Showcase event to allow our seventh grade Leaders In Training the opportunity to present their service learning projects to their peers, staff, associates from Rich Products and administration from Buffalo Public Schools. This year’s two day event will be held at Emerson School of Hospitality on May 22 and May 23 and will include LIT teams from Lake Shore, and Buffalo Public Schools # 18, 27, 43, 67, 72, 74, 80, 89, 93, and 95.
The two days will consist of a welcome, and then a "Dear Future Me" activity, where students will write or draw to their future selves about what they are doing today to ensure a healthier tomorrow. This activity corresponds with the National Prevention Week campaign that is currently happening. Next we will have the presentations from each LIT team about their service learning projects, followed by by an etiquette lesson presented by Michelle Burakowski from Modern Charm School.
We are excited for the event and to learn about what our Leaders have been up to!
We will have a full write up next month with all the service learning projects that our Leaders held throughout the year.
Chefs Challenge committee is so excited to announce the amazing chefs who will compete at Chefs Challenge . We can't wait to eat what Chef Mike A. from Seabar and Chef Bryan from Black Iron Bystro and Chef Alex from Lucia's on the Lake will create that night!
Don't miss this event! September 25, 2018 6:00 PM at The Atrium @ Rich's! Tickets on Sale Now.
Each year WNY United selects a few outstanding school and community leaders for their commitment and support of the mission, activities and programs of WNY United that are delivered to the youth and communities in Western New York.
This year, WNY United will honor ten Friends of Prevention at the Wednesday, May 30th Buffalo Bisons Red Ribbon Game Game during the pre-game ceremonies. Following the on-field ceremonies, WNY United will host a reception at Consumers Pub at the Park for the Friends of Prevention.
Congratulations to the 2018 Friends of Prevention award recipients:
Nicole Dayka – Youth at Risk Coordinator for Hamburg Central Schools
Colleen Kaney – Assistant Superintendent for Student Services for Hamburg Central Schools
Karen Smith – Retired WNY United Community Mobilization Specialist
Kathy Deet – Retired WNY United Administrative Assistant
Neil Kavanaugh – President of Consumers Beverages
Mark Notaro – Senior Buyer at Rich Products Corporation
Joe D’Angelo – Superintendent of Maryvale Union Free School District
Erin MacVittie – Teacher at #27 Hillery Park Elementary
Dawn Springer – Retired Medical Director of Frontier Central Schools and Hamburg Drug Free Community Coalition member
Cheryl Calire – Director of Pro-Life Activities for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo
Congratulations to our 2018 Friends of Prevention, and thank you for all you do!
Lake Shore Middle School's 7th grade LIT members did their part in supporting the SPCA! The students made fleece tie blankets for the dogs and cats at the Erie County SPCA in West Seneca.
Students were able to deliver the blankets themselves on Wednesday March 7th. The group of 7th graders were educated on the farm animals, and were even able to interact with a miniature horse, a pot belly pig, a couple of goats, and some chickens!
A special thank you to Farm Director, Sheila Foss, for showing us around! We ended our visit by giving the dogs and cats some love. Way to go Lake Shore LIT!
Do you love cooking shows? Do you love supporting an organization that benefits kids and parents right in your community? Do you love competition? Well then you don't want to miss Chefs Challenge!
Chefs Challenge is WNY United's newest fundraiser that will feature 3 local chefs, 3 local celebrity judges and 3 student chefs all cooking up savory dishes and desserts that you get to taste test! Be part of the live studio audience on September 25th to watch the food fly and see who will be crowned Chefs Challenge Champion!
Who's cooking you ask...well you will have to stay tuned for more information as we will reveal the Chefs who took the challenge to cook for a cause and raise money for WNY United!
Doors open at 6:00pm - you don't want to miss this event! Get your tickets now!
See our countdown clock on the homepage? We are counting down the days to the Spring It On fundraising campaign. What is it you ask?
Spring It On is a 24-hour online fundraising event for not-for profit agencies in Western New York. At a time when many are looking to donate to their favorite causes or organizations, this gives them a one- stop-shop to do so.
Any donation is graciously accepted. We put your dollars right into our programming to support our K-6th grade evidence based curriculum's and our Leaders In Training program.
It's only for 24 HOURS! It starts on Tuesday, March 20 at 6 PM and goes through Wednesday, March 21 at 6 PM. Can we count on your support? We hope to hear from you on March 20th!
The WNY United Foundation has announced that the 14th Annual Drive Against Drugs golf tournament is scheduled for Monday, August 6th at the Orchard Park Country Club. There are many sponsorship opportunities available and we are seeking donations for the basket raffle.
If you are interested in learning more, click here!
On Tuesday, December 5th LIT students from School #18 - Dr. Antonia Pantoja Community School of Academic Excellence participated in the kick off press conference for First Night Buffalo!
At the press conference they displayed the canvases that were created in the top 10 spoken languages in Buffalo, and then each had the opportunity to address the audience and give their personal answer to the question "Why is your future bright?"
Stay tuned for more information regarding the "City of Lights" Resiliency Campaign!
WNY United and Independent Health Foundation are teaming up on a new project to celebrate the Foundations 25th Anniversary! The "City of Lights" Resiliency Project will focus on remarkable children, parents and teachers who overcome barriers in order to lead healthy and happy lives in the City of Buffalo and the greater Western New York Region.
We share common goals and focus on children and the positive choices they make. Our partnership makes a perfect team.
The first component of the project was completed by our LIT students from all our partner schools with LIT teams. Each team painted a canvas that stated "The Future is Bright" in the top 10 spoken languages in Buffalo. Those include English, Spanish, Karen, Arabic, Nepali, Burmese, Somali, Bengali, Swahili, and French. These canvases were unveiled at the First Night Buffalo Press Conference.
The second component of the project was made using a 4x4 tile that each student wrote "The Future is Bright" on. These tiles will be used to create an art piece, but you will have to wait for the unveiling of it!
Stay tuned for more information regarding the "City of Lights" Resiliency Project.