Medaille College has taken a leading role in helping the Riverside neighborhood through a partnership between the College, the Buffalo City School District, specifically Riverside High School, and the Olmsted Parks Conservancy. The partnership allows Riverside High School to offer unique programs to students, including Riverside School of Entrepreneurship, health care programs and the National Academy of Finance. One benefit of this collaboration is the formation of the Academy for Creativity and Entrepreneurship (A.C.E.). A.C.E. offers students opportunities to participate in various projects to increase their creativity, learn about entrepreneurship and learn various life skills. Furthermore, the students nurture the Buffalo community
The summer’s project for participants, entitled “Environmental Entrepreneurs– Marketing Urban Parks,” started on July 25th and finishes tomorrow (August 5th). The program allowed four teams of students to brainstorm ideas for marketing and utilizing the Riverside neighborhood’s park system. The program included an introduction to skills necessary for successful entrepreneurship, such as public speaking and persuasion through daily exercises and classroom work at the Medaille Campus. Furthermore, the students visited local park systems daily and took field trips to foster creative ideas for students’ proposals and to explore Buffalo’s great offerings. The students used this knowledge from their excursions, collaborative learning and other assignments to create viable business proposals to support underfunded and underused local urban parks.
Students are presenting their final proposals today Thursday, August 4th, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Medaille College’s fourth floor cafe. All are welcome to attend. During the celebration, the four groups of Riverside area students will present their proposals.
Additionally, the A.C.E. program will conclude its 2011 program during the celebration. By displaying the students’ wonderful work, Buffalonians can explore possibilities for revitalizing Buffalo’s park system and view how collaborative community efforts can both enrich neighborhoods and the lives of local students.
Lead image: A.C.E. Students at the Buffalo Zoo