Urban CNY Excellence
September 19, 2021

An Interview with Say Yes to Education Executive Director, Ahmeed Turner The 2020 graduation rate of Black, Latino and Asian students in the Syracuse City School...





Graduates of Canastota, Chenango Valley, East Syracuse Minoa, Henninger, Liverpool, and Marcellus High Schools to be Honored as Onondaga Community College Alumni Faces

Radio station TK-99 morning show host Glenn “Gomez Adams” LaPoint among the members of OCC’s Alumni Faces class of 2021 Seven former Onondaga Community College graduates will be recognized as distinguished Alumni Faces honorees for their professional achievements and contributions to the college and the community. Their accomplishments will be highlighted during an induction ceremony More »


Latoya Allen Named Deputy Director for Home HeadQuarters

Latoya Allen was recently named deputy director for Home HeadQuarters (HHQ) charged with leading special programming and community and homeownership outreach. Ms. Allen, who most recently served as HHQ’s HomeOwnership Center Director, is also a HUD-certified housing counselor and educator for first-time homebuyers helping to guide rental, public housing and other high needs populations through More »


Toryana Jackson, First African American Valedictorian in Henninger High School History


This has been a challenging year for high school student. Virtual classes, masks, a disruption in the daily functioning of attending school. However, out of the chaos came success stories. One of them is about Toryana Jackson, the First African American Valedictorian in Henninger High school history. In a televised interview on Channel 3, Ms. More »


Syracuse City School District Principal Named ‘Elementary Principal of the Year’


Albany, NY – Eva Williams, principal of Van Duyn Elementary School (VDES) in the Syracuse City School District (SCSD), has been selected as the 2021 New York State Elementary Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York State (SAANYS). This award is given annually to a member of SAANYS who is More »


Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School Wins Big at The Most’s CNY Science and Engineering Fair


–Students, Yakina Sika-Amoah and Theodore Simon have earned a spot in the International Science Fair after their research, “Developing a Robot for Cleaning Coastlines”– Syracuse, NY. – Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School students Yakina Sika-Amoah and Theodore Simon won multiple awards and top honors at the MOST’s CNY Science and Engineering Fair for their More »


National Organization NeighborWorks America honors Unsung Community heroes – including Syracuse Resident Rasheada Caldwell


Washington, DC, Feb. 16, 2021– NeighborWorks America recognizes the ‘unsung heroes’ who help communities rise above challenges and map a new way forward. On Feb. 16, NeighborWorks America awarded six individuals with its annual Dorothy Richardson Award for Resident Leadership. The honorees represent Houston, Texas; Syracuse, New York; Roseburg, Oregon; Washington, DC; and Lincoln, Nebraska. More »


Two Syracuse City School District Students Earn Professional Drone Certification


Two PSLA at Fowler students have become the first in the Syracuse City School District to pass the Part 107 exam, receiving a commercial remote pilot certification. Seniors in the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, Belal Hamad and Yohan Trteizio have been studying drones since their freshman year. This More »


Founder of Good Life Youth Foundation Named Keenan Center’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence

The Keenan Center is building an entrepreneurial pipeline from Le Moyne College directly into the Central New York business community. Hasan Stephens, founder and executive director of the Good Life Youth Foundation and a professor of Africana Studies and hip-hop at SUNY Cortland, has been named Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity in More »


Rasheada Caldwell Joins Allyn Foundation Team

The Allyn Family Foundation, in partnership with United Way of Central New York, has announced the appointment of Rasheada Caldwell as Coordinator of Youth Community Planning and Development. Over the next 18 months, Rasheada will meet with youth, families, government leaders and youth-serving, community-based organizations to develop a coordinated community plan for youth development.  In More »


Community Folk Art Center Awarded $20,000 CNYCF Black Equity and Excellence Grant

(Syracuse, NY, September 30) — The Central New York Community Foundation (CNYCF) recently awarded the Community Folk Art Center (CFAC) $20,000 as part of the Black Equity and Excellence Grant. The Community Folk Art Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and branch of the Department of African American Studies at Syracuse University will use the funds More »