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ReNU Niagara Greenroots Program To Develop Young Leaders
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ReNU Niagara Greenroots Program To Develop Young Leaders

This article originally appeared on the GROW WNY website

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - ReNU Niagara, a community outreach program of Niagara University, will implement a GreenRoots Leadership Development Program aimed at building a youth and adult sustainable resident leadership base in Niagara Falls to help reduce existing demographic disparities.

“The goal of this program is to build individual and civic empowerment capacity through effective training and the application of environmental revitalization projects,” said Jill A. Shuey, executive director of ReNU Niagara.  “We are looking to provide residents of Niagara Falls with the creative tools to create change and positively impact their surroundings.”

Ultimately intended to address the leadership gap that exists in the city, the program’s mission intends to disprove common misconceptions that youths are not engaged in the process to make their community a “green” or “sustainable” community.

“The program will allow youth to take ownership of an environmental issue and implement the change they wish to see in their community through a series of twelve educational workshops,” stated Leehe Shmueli, an AmeriCorps VISTA member serving as a project coordinator with ReNU Niagara.  “We are going to challenge the idea that young people are unable to or lack the drive to make positive impacts on the city that they call home.” 

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