Release Date: January 22, 2018
BUFFALO, N.Y. — When University at Buffalo students are selected as Western New York Prosperity Fellows, they must demonstrate a commitment to the area, promising to work here for at least two years within 10 years of graduation.
A seminar this week will help these students develop a deeper understanding of the region. The course turns Buffalo and the Southern Tier into a learning lab.
From touring the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor to getting an inside look at companies that are part of Western New York’s thriving startup scene, students will attend dozens of events where they’ll see and learn about the region from people working to make change in the area.
“When these students become Prosperity Fellows, they promise to contribute to the economic development and sustainability of Western New York,” says Hadar Borden, director of the fellowship program and of the Blackstone LaunchPad at UB, which supports fellows through programs that cultivate entrepreneurship at UB. “Our hope is that these students will become leaders in our community, and to do that, they need to have an understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the region.”
WHAT: Western New York Prosperity Fellowship Program Winter Seminar
WHO: This year’s class of 25 Prosperity Fellows, including UB undergraduate and graduate students, will meet with entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders and other change-makers over the course of one week.
The Western New York Prosperity Fellowship Program, funded by the Prentice Family Foundation, supports students who are committed to the region’s economic vitality by awarding each fellow up to $25,000 in scholarship and internship support for an academic year.
Alumni of the program who are now employed in Western New York helped to plan this year’s seminar. These include Nathan Aldrich, a community economic development specialist with the Northern Chautauqua Local Economic Development Initiative; Kari Anastasia, an engineer with Integer; Enjoli Hall, a planner with the UB Regional Institute; and Ryan Hubbell, a budget analyst with Circuit Clinical.
WHEN: The seminar takes place the week of Jan. 22, with each day featuring a range of activities. Media are invited to attend the highlights below.
To RSVP, contact Hadar Borden at firstname.lastname@example.org. Borden's cell phone number is available through Charlotte Hsu in UB Media Relations at email@example.com, 716-645-4655.
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