Leadership Niagara will host a graduation event for its LYNC youth leadership development program with over 250 students, parents, and volunteers at 6 p.m. on March 1 at Niagara University’s Kiernan Center.

Students graduating from Leadership Niagara’s LYNC program represent 14 high schools across Western New York and have completed an eight month leadership development program to help change their concept of leadership and 21st century skills. New this year, the LYNC program carries three university credits through a new partnership with Niagara University.

“Participants in the LYNC program receive a highly-structured and yet open-ended opportunity to collaborate together, to examine important institutions and programs across Western New York,” stated Molly Anderson, president and chief executive officer of Leadership Niagara. “Our students graduate with a deeper understanding of our region and how to make a difference as young leaders.”

Niagara University president, the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., will provide opening remarks at the graduation event. Bernice Radle, Niagara Falls native, urban planner, and young preservationist, will be honored by students at the event with the “Transformational Leadership Award” for her commitment to advancing our region. Student spokespersons will share their Pecha Kucha presentations during the ceremony.

Participating schools in 2015-2016 include: Barker, Grand Island, Lewiston-Porter, Lockport, Nardin Academy, Newfane, Niagara Academy, Niagara Catholic, Niagara Falls, Niagara-Wheatfield, North Tonawanda, Royalton-Hartland, Starpoint and Wilson high schools.

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