ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) – The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung County (CCE) recently honored 15 individuals who participated in the Natural Leaders Initiative (NLI).
The eight-session program, which ran from February to June, was developed by Margo Hittleman from CCE Tompkins and held for the first time in Chemung County.
“We sought nominations from the public, and those nominators certainly saw in their nominees the potential that we all experienced over the past few months,” said CCE Chemung Executive Director Andy Fagan.
Offering NLI was the first step in CCE Chemung’s Poverty Stoplight initiative, Move Forward Elmira, for part of the City. “We had hoped to train 10 individuals and we were pleased that 14 people graduated from this program that was funded, in part, by the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, and Chemung County.”
Some of the graduates have opted to assist CCE with future work on the poverty stoplight initiative, funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission and several area banks.
“NLI attendees identified several projects they want to focus on, both individually and with others from the classes. Everyone bonded from that first night together and we look forward to working with any and all of them on a number of initiatives,” said Carol Houssock, CCE Administrator and Poverty Stoplight Director.
Graduates and participants included: Jessica Belgrave, Tashina Cardone, Jackie Council, Jerome Emanuel, Antanisha Garrett, Tamara Grayson, Brenda Kelly, Shaun Marks, Katilyn Maycumber, Sharon Rainey, Tina Stanton, Shante Tranchant, and Sid Whitfield, along with Fagan and Houssock.