A Way With Words

Kristian Tull won the Syracuse Peace Council’s Poetry Competition for her poem about peace When Kristian Tull found out she had won the Syracuse Peace Council’s Poetry Competition, she couldn’t contain her excitement. “I screamed. I jumped up and down,” the Corcoran High School junior remembers. Read More »

Painting a Message

Students from the Creative Arts Academy paint the ‘one way to live’ Six adolescents, all student artists at the Community Folk Art Center, at 805 E. Genesee St., circled around Adrianna Cummings, a sophomore at Corcoran High School. As they watched, Cummings pooled bright red paint onto the word “violence” inscribed on a section of what will be a 120-square-foot ... Read More »

Empowering the Female Youth of Syracuse

Actress Tasha Smith, from Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married?” films, spoke to a room of approximately 100 Syracuse area high school girls of color about her troubled upbringing and path to Hollywood success at the Schine Student Center at Syracuse University on Saturday, March 26. Read More »

African Adventure for Local Youth

Africa Bound plans to take children to Ghana to learn about their African heritage Syracuse Africa Bound, an organization designed to educate children about their African heritage, will be taking three local children to Ghana in West Africa this summer. Over the next few months, the organization will hold a series of fundraising events to raise money for travel expenses ... Read More »

Higher Assistance

On Point for College helps students overcome barriers to gaining college education When Ginny Donohue responded to her daughter Shanley’s request to help a friend get into college, she could not have predicted that one good deed could affect thousands of young lives — and also cause her to change careers. Donohue, a chief financial officer for a local electronics ... Read More »

Girls Night

Girls Inc. held a girls-only ’80s-themed dance party to give females a space to let loose, exercise and have fun Cyndi Lauper blasted on the speakers, while a group of six teenage girls danced together in a small semi-circle in a strobe-lit auditorium at YWCA’s Girls Inc., located at 401 Douglas St., on Thursday night, March 10. Girls Inc., a ... Read More »

Corcoran High School Seniors Say College Can be a Reality

Story by Megan Ripley, a senior at Corcoran High School Two Corcoran High School seniors describe what they love about their education and why they believe students should put hard work first Read More »

Kids play the part in history lesson

One day recently, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was about four feet tall. At least, that’s how tall the 7- and 8-year-olds were who represented him as part of an Interactive Black History Museum project at the Dunbar Center. Maya Angelou, Jackie Robinson, and Harriet Tubman were also in the crowd. Read More »

A Snowy Mess

Record snowfall, unshoveled walks cause safety problems for students Snow-covered sidewalks in Syracuse are more than just slippery surfaces — they’re a slippery subject. In 1964 a city ordinance that fined persons or businesses not clearing their snow-covered sidewalks was repealed, essentially leaving the police with tools “with no teeth,” said Syracuse police Sgt. Gary Bulinski. Read More »

School Board Motions to Close Two Syracuse City Schools

Including One on Syracuse’s South Side In an emotional meeting where tempers rose and tears fell, the school board passed a motion on Jan. 21 to close two SCSD schools – including one on the South Side, in a move that Superintendent Daniel Lowengard says will best save the district $3 million dollars and allow swing space for two other ... Read More »