His Own Hero

Seth Dollar hopes to transfer to SU to pursue his music career Nearly four years ago, aspiring hip-hop artist Seth Dollar talked about his career goals, hip-hop, and thoughts about high school, in an interview with The Stand. He was 16 then, a student at William Nottingham High School. “That kid doesn’t exist anymore,” Dollar said with a chuckle. Today ... Read More »

Holiday Angels Needed

Holiday Angel Emergency Appeal ACR’s long-standing Holiday Angel Program spreads comfort and joy to individuals and families who otherwise would do without at holiday time. The program pairs members of the community (Angels) with a designated ACR client and their family. The “Angels” are supplied with a client’s first name, and a list of “needs” rather than the typical Christmas “wish” list. Because ... Read More »

Teenage Readers

Local library creates programs to promote youth reading for fun Officials at the Onondaga Free Library, hoping to promote a love for reading among local teenagers, embarked on a series of events to make the library a natural stop between home and school. The library ought to be a “third place,” where teens can energize their minds and find a ... Read More »

'Get Your Kids' rally this Sunday

Syracuse will hold its first-ever “Get Your Kids Rally” at the Kirk Park Pavilion this Sunday, Oct. 13.  The rally will run from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. The goal: to bring the community together in a stand against street violence in Syracuse. Organizer Mary Nelson, of the Mary Nelson Youth Center, created the event  in response to the slaying ... Read More »

Reaching Nirvana

Dharma Kids program at Zen Center of Syracuse open to all Today’s assignment: “Draw what you hear.” As soon as Reijitsu Paul Batkin says these words, the eyes of the children sitting inside the Zen Center of Syracuse light up. These are the kinds of activities they look forward to on Sundays at the Dharma Kids program. The five children ... Read More »

'Eye See Me'

Corcoran art student’s self portrait wins highest honor with Gold Key art award Out of more than 4,500 pieces of artwork submitted in a competition from throughout the Central New York region, Rahmeik Bowen’s creation has been deemed special. Very special. He was chosen as a Gold Key recipient at the 2013 Scholastic Art Awards for his painting Eye See ... Read More »

Eagle Wings Students Visit WMHR

Two cars carrying a group of eight Eagle Wings Academy students and two teachers recently climbed an icy slope that led up to the Mars Hill Network Radio Station at 4044 Maykes Road, Syracuse. Some dreamed of what it might be like to be a professional singer or DJ and others wanted to see gadgets and enjoy a get-away. As ... Read More »

Students Brave Snowstorm to Attend Writing Workshop

The Writing Our Lives workshop connected 35 youth from Danforth Middle School with presenters and writing coaches despite cold temperatures and tremendous snowfall left from Hurricane Nemo last week. “Not one presenter called out,” said Marcelle Haddix proudly as parents and Danforth Middle School’s principal, Patricia Clark, shuttled students to the workshops in their own vehicles. “One young man came ... Read More »

A poem from the heart

Lynn McDonald is on a mission to help Syracuse youth appreciate the power of poetry On Sunday, Feb. 10, as a volunteer for the Syracuse Poster Project, a local organization that brings together artists and poets to help create posters around the city, and with the help of La Casita Cultural Center, McDonald brought her passion for the written phrase ... Read More »

South Side Achiever

Student uses scholarship to pursue broadcast career When Jameel Rahim Shareef walks up to say hello you are immediately overcome with a sense of gentility, kindness and warmth. The Syracuse native who grew up living in Pioneer Homes (a part of Syracuse Housing Authority), has overcome challenges far and wide in order to make it where he is today: a ... Read More »