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Setting a Vision

Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility celebrates anniversary, name change in style In a recent Saturday night, one of Syracuse’s longtime service organizations threw a party — inviting everyone from its board members to local residents — to celebrate a double benchmark, the organization’s birthday and its name change. As the music played in a crowded room, the Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility, ... Read More »

Paint to Remember

Upstate students spent their ‘Day of Service’ revamping three family bedrooms For years, local medical students have honored the memories of men and women who died in the Twin Towers terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, by engaging in a special “Day of Service” to Syracuse. The solemn 15th anniversary last month prompted students from State University of New York ... Read More »

Writing Our Lives

Workshop inspires students to communicate through creative writing One by one, students in a group pondered a question a volunteer put to them: What do you want your career to be? One girl wanted to be a teacher; another student wanted to be a writer. Finally, the last student at the table asked someone to beat a drum roll on ... Read More »

Directing Change

Meet two men who are breaking stereotypes while making their dreams come true In times of violence and crime, two talented black men stand out in our community as role models who are breaking stereotypes. Tyrone Jackson and Shamroc Dancil have made their vision of filmmaking come true, and they are inspiring others. Tyrone “Tizak” Jackson Jackson is CEO of ... Read More »

Current Issue

October’s cover highlights the research of Dr. Najah Salaam Jennings-Bey on how students think their schools should respond to the aftereffects of urban violence. You can also read about the kickoff for the annual Writing Our Lives workshop, see how Upstate Medical University students helped to improve the community and learn how district high school students are coming together to ... Read More »

Get Motivated

George Lynch strives to share career advice that he didn’t have growing up George Lynch has been teaching cursive writing to youth at the Southwest Community Center, training them to write the big, loopy letters normally associated with birthday cards from grandparents. Many kids no longer are taught this art, and Lynch feels that’s a big problem. “I was telling ... Read More »

Halloween Events

Family-friendly offerings for ghouls and goblins of all ages WHAT: Pirate Dave’s Halloween Magic Show WHEN: 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 WHERE: Beauchamp Branch Library,2111 S. Salina St. COST: Free to attend DETAILS: Join Pirate Dave (aka magician David Moreland) for his family-friendly, not-at-all-spooky 45-minute Halloween magic show. Audience members, young and old, will shiver their timbers laughing at the ... Read More »

Former Gang Member Promotes Cease-Fire

Balloon release allows families to remember those lost to violence A former V-NOT gang member is attempting to put an end to neighborhood violence — despite the fact that he is locked up in federal prison. Habakkuk Nickens, 30, is serving a 20-year prison sentence in Federal Correctional Institution, Ray Brook, in upstate New York. A jury convicted Nickens for ... Read More »

Finding Purpose

We Rise Above the Streets distributes needed meals to homeless Read More »