The 8th iteration of the CUNY/IVE of the Leadership Program began with its first ever Fall Kick-Off.
On Tuesday September 8, 2009 students from eight CUNY campuses attended a roundtable entitled "CUNY Students in Action" conducted at Baruch College's Lawrence N. Field Center. The event offered a platform for participants of the Leadership Program Summer Incubator to present their projects and share their experiences as part of the program. Prospective students were inspired by the student projects ranging from a school development in Sierra Leone to accessibility solutions for people with disabilities in NYC. In more detail, summer Incubator Presentations Included:
Accessible New York is led by a team of CUNY students and is aimed at making the tourism industry in New York more accessible. During the summer the team worked on building a website which allows restaurants and other venues to be rated by both by experts and consumers for accessibility. Over 40 establishments have been rated thus far.
Hope of the Future Through Education was created by Jenny Arecius of Kingsborough Community College. This program was designed to support children in Haiti in their education attainment through the provision of school supplies. As part of the program, Jenny conducted a successful toy drive in late 2008 at which she collected toys and school supplies. She delivered the toys herself in spring 2009. As part of the Summer Incubator, Jenny successfully held an additional school supply drive and solidified her connections with schools in Haiti.
InYourClass.com: InYourClass.com was created by Arber Ruci of City College of New York. This summer, his team worked on creating a website that builds a social network which allows students to connect to others in their class. The website targets a college audience and aims to enhance the college experience by combining the functionalities from popular sites such as Craigslist and Facebook. The site will be launched later this fall.
The Jeneba Project led by Liat Krawczyk of Hunter College was created to address the educational gaps left by the Civil War in Africa. Liat and a group comprised of both CUNY and local high school students rasied over $20,000 to build a high school in Seirra Leon, Africa. Over the summer, Liat and fellow project member Anthony Mancilla flew to Seirra Leon to oversee and film the construction of the school. In August 2009 Liat and Anthony attended the inauguration of the high school and are already planning their next school project.
This is the first time the Leadership Program is offered to students for certificate and credit. If you would like to participate in the Leadership Program please fill out the sign up sheet. For more information on these projects please visit www.cunyive.ning.com
Pictures of this event can be viewed in the Media Gallery