Author Archives: Ashley Kang

Wellness Walk Held to Encourage Healthy Choices

Members and supporters of 100 Black Men of Syracuse gathered Saturday to promote healthy lifestyles in the African-American community. About 50 people attended the Winston Gaskin Walk for Wellness and Stroke Prevention on Sept. 26, which is more than in past years, according to Drake Harrison, the vice president of programming and chair of the economic empowerment committee for the ... Read More »

ACTS Community Violence & Youth Task Force Meet

Over the course of two hours last month, the Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse came to a final decision out of three proposed ideas on where to invest their time and energy — in establishing conflict resolution training in the South Side. Widely known by its acronym ACTS, the attendees deliberated over three possible topics: police-community relationships, quality and quantity ... Read More »

When was Your Last Mammogram?

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer detected among women in the U.S. African-American women have higher death rates from breast cancer than any other racial or ethnic group. The research shows that this may be due to being diagnosed later and waiting longer to receive follow-up care. This is why routine screening is a very important step ... Read More »

Centro Seeks Public Support at TNT Meeting

Three Centro executives and two Centro board members came to the South Side Tomorrow’s Neighborhoods Today meeting held Sept. 14 to ask that citizens phone and write to New York state legislators and Governor Andrew Cuomo to establish a reliable funding structure for the Upstate New York transportation system. TNT meetings regularly include community members appealing to city department workers, ... Read More »

School Receivership Grants Authority to Superintendent

New state law implemented in an effort to turnaround student performance Students in 18 Syracuse schools may see changes this year due to an effort by the state to address consistently underperforming schools. Superintendent Sharon Contreras has been appointed receiver for the schools in Syracuse City School District designated “struggling,” which means she will have the authority to implement changes like replacing ... Read More »

Q&A with Karesaun Herring

As an only child, Herring holds his father as his top role model Q: What did it feel like when you became a father? A: One of the best feelings in the world. I was overjoyed; ecstatic. Best feeling in the world that there was something that I created and it was going to be my responsibility to raise. Wonderful ... Read More »

Current Issue

In our September print issue you’ll find a collection of stories on fathers. This past year we launched a new series honoring fathers. Recent studies found black fathers are more involved with their children on a daily basis than dads from other racial groups and much more involved than fathers from a decade ago. Thus, The Stand’s Fatherhood Series aimed ... Read More »

Personal Stories Told during The Life of a Felon Workshop

Sharon Washington founded Felons On The Move because she said it fulfilled a need in the Syracuse community. The organization helps felons navigate structural barriers in housing, employment and public benefit restrictions after their release and also provides career services, training, and business and legal guidance. “It’s more than just trying to get them a job,” Washington, the executive director, ... Read More »

Q&A with Quante Wright

Former gang member and car salesman nominated himself to share how he encourages good choices Q: What did it feel like when you became a father? A: I was young, 17. I was excited and a little fearful. When she delivered the baby, I was in jail and didn’t get to see my first one born. But I got to ... Read More »