Special Initiatives 2018-02-06T21:10:56+00:00

Inspiring Change with Community Initiatives

Our community initiatives inspire leadership and prepare students for successful futures, while giving back to the community, and giving students the recognition they deserve.

What We Do



Academic Goal
Setting and

Civic Engagement

College and

Special Initiatives

Books for Bing

Books for Bing is a literary treasure hunt that takes place throughout through out the Southern Tier. Established in conjunction with Mental Illness Awareness Week, Books for Bing was created to inspire the joy of reading, build connections, and strengthen communities. BU/LPP wraps and distributes donated books throughout the City for unsuspecting community members to discover. All books are donated by generous individuals and span all age ranges and genres. Each book is inscribed with a message explaining why the book is special, creating a unique connection between community members and encouraging book-finders to also pay kindness forward.

Books for Bing is quickly becoming a catalyst for community collaborations, with “theme” months being planned with organizations across the Southern Tier.

To learn more about the program or to donate a new or used book, please message us at booksforbing@gmail.com.

Liberty Expo

At the end of each summer we take time to celebrate, recognize and present the work of our students. Out of school time, especially the long summer months, are key times for student engagement and continued interaction. Each participating BU/LPP school offers a six week summer program in addition to other scheduled program activities. Each of our signature summer service projects, are a culmination of year-round student engagement and learning. The process “provides developmental opportunities that promote personal, social, and intellectual growth, as well as civic responsibility and career exploration” (National Dropout Prevention Center). Favorable outcomes in regard to personal and social growth are obtained through completion of the projects and help students make successful transitions to high school and beyond. Our approach for all summer programming follows the guidelines for a framework shared by the National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC) to include: Preparation, Action, Reflection and Celebration.

The Annual Stand for Children Event
Thursday, June 7th 2018 from 4:30–7:00pm at Recreation Park

“Where the Wild Things Are”

Sponsored by the Children and Youth Services Council of Broome County and the Binghamton University Liberty Partnerships Program, the Annual Stand for Children (SFC) Event serves to empower our communities youth. We teach our young people to be effective citizen leaders who join together in a unified, grassroots effort to use the power of their youth voice to influence decisions made by their adult leaders.

Each year the event focuses on issues important to young people. The 2018 SFC will shine a light on literacy by bringing our favorite literary adventures and heroes to life! Reading with our children not only enhances their mastery of language, but it stimulates their minds, expanding their understanding of the world around them. With this new Story Book theme and the help of Liberty Partnerships Books for Bing, we aim to get our youth and their families excited about reading, and, in turn, foster the growth of our youth voices.

Imagine the awe of a child as they walk into Wonderland to enjoy a tea party with Mad Hatter or the excitement of the young child who gets to hunt for treasure with Long John Silver. The possibilities are endless. All it takes is a bit of imagination, creativity, and a pinch of pixie dust.

Ms. Rosa Parks challenged the nation to commit themselves to improving the lives of children, saying, “If I can sit for justice, you can stand up for children.” We hope that you will stand with us and, perhaps, dressed as your favorite literary heroes. “Let the Wild Rumpus begin!