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.

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.

Students together in front of BU
Students posing together outside
Books wrapped
Children painting and crafts

Stand for Children

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.

This year’s Stand for Children event dissects the world’s “Blue Zones,” areas of the world where people are living to be 90 to 100 years old. And not just living, but thriving. Five “Blue Zones” have been identified and thoroughly researched by journalist Dan Buettner in partnership with National Geographic.

Young people will have the opportunity to voice their opinions about healthy living in our own communities. We will have an open discussion about productive changes we can make to create a healthier future.

Children at science museum
Children at dodgeball trampoline gym
Staff jumping in foam blocks
Children sitting on steps

Advocacy Day

Advocacy Day provides Liberty students with a first-hand experience in the New York State legislative process. In addition to attending a full college tour of Albany School of Law, students are offered an opportunity to meet one-on-one with their local state Assembly and Senate representatives; an opportunity where they engage in discourse while obtaining valuable knowledge regarding the importance of being an involved and contributing member of their local and state communities.

This event provides students with a comprehensive experience learning about government, leadership, and law. Students who attend Advocacy Day are selected based on their interest, participation within the Liberty program, grades, and their commitment to improving their school and community.

Advocacy Day is a hands-on learning experience that shows the importance of advocating for the funding for educational and youth community programs–something that directly affects them. It teaches students how to exercise their civil right to use their voice, and allows them to see themselves as agents of change and our future leaders.

Students near Albany Law School banner
Student at a table smiling
Group photo
Students looking at an exhibit

Empire Promise

We’re celebrating 30 Years of Excellence in the Liberty Partnerships Program at The 15th Annual LPP Empire Promise Youth Summit, “Reaching For The Summit.”

A 15 year tradition, this event brings together community, education, business and industry stakeholders, high school students, and higher education institutions in an opportunity to develop strategies that prepare students for post-secondary education and the workforce. The 2019 Empire Summit will celebrate and provide development opportunities for Liberty Partnerships Program students, staff, and parents.

The Empire Summit links the healthy development of youth as an integral part of the long-term strategy for growing New York State’s economy and the creation of deliberate pathways to higher education, and to employ graduates in high need careers in New York State. The objectives of the Empire Promise are to improve strategies and resources for strengthening Pre-K-20 education outcomes, and to improve strategies for addressing New York’s current and future workforce.

Student smiling
Liberty Partnerships Program display
Students wearing Binghamton University sweatshirts
Girl smiling