The High Road Runs Through the City
Service Learning & Action Research Fellowships for ILR Students in Buffalo, NY
Imagine a summer...
grassroots economic development...urban revitalization...small business development...labor-community alliances...poverty alleviation...the green economy...civic engagement...public economic policy...quality job creation...creative culture and the new economy
...working in Buffalo's living laboratory
Since 2009, this fellowship program has provided opportunities for ILR students to participate as a group in research, active learning and service in community-based economic development in Buffalo.
Undergoing dynamic reinvention, Buffalo is home to an a rich array of creative organizations tackling rust belt challenges. Students will learn about and contribute to vibrant local innovation by working with nonprofit organizations, government officials, business and labor advocates focused on revitalizing the metro Buffalo economy. Affordable group housing is available for students not from the area.
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Being born and raised in Buffalo has me completely vested in the area with no real intention of ever leaving, despite contrasting sentiments coming from a majority of my peers. I love to see Buffalo do well for its own good, as well as having positive national press so others aren’t as quick to talk down on this city.
I heard about the CommonBound Conference during my first few days in Buffalo. I heard so many program and organization names in the first few days that it’s a wonder I even remembered to Google CommonBound when I got a chance to.