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Buffalo Co-Lab advances an equitable economy and democratic community, collaboratively integrating scholarly and practical understanding to strengthen civic action.

Tonya Russell

Photo: Tonya Russell
Buffalo, NY
University at Buffalo Liberty Partnership
  • Crafted a survey and conducted outreach to assess the impact that Liberty Partnership has on its program participants.
  • Helped design a curriculum to teach youth soft skills, such as interview skills, proper etiquette, computer skills and professional writing.
  • Worked to initiate partnerships with local businesses in hopes they will agree to hire those youth that successfully complete program. 

“I think that after participating in the fellowship that I might consider getting to know the non-profit world a bit more. All of the people I interacted with are very passionate about their work and they have inspired me to find something that I am passionate about and work toward it as well. If anything they have given me hope that it is possible to make a good living and love your job at the same time.” 

“Tonya’s work is extremely valuable, as it will inform programming for Liberty students in the upcoming school year and beyond. Her outreach efforts to Liberty alumni have been invaluable in assessing the impact our programming has had on former participants. She is also meeting with local stakeholder to discuss workforce development, employer needs, training models and making a strategic effort to align our programming with the needs of local employers.”

Lauren Imbriano-Undercoffer,

Liberty Partnership