ACE News Detail: Capital District YMCA Black & Latino Community Partner Award
By Jennifer Hunt, ACE Communications
On Tuesday, June 4, 2013, the Siena College Office of Academic Community Engagement accepted the Capital District YMCA Black & Latino Community Partner Award on behalf of Siena College for its community engagement collaborations with the Capital District YMCA Black and Latino Achievers Program. The award is evidence that community members working together can fulfill a common mission, building a world that is more just, peaceable, and humane. In 1937, Siena was founded on the principles of St. Francis of Assisi, who, despite being born into a wealthy merchant family, devoted himself instead to a life of poverty, working in solidarity with the poor and inspiring others to live a Christ like life. Today, Siena faculty, staff, and students are called to be modern day Franciscans, devoting their energy to the same kind of life that St. Francis lived.
At Siena, departments, offices, and centers seek ways to engage with the community on multiple levels. At ACE, we support Siena’s mission by developing and supporting academically grounded, sustainable, developmental, multifaceted, community partnerships that connect students, faculty, staff and community members with the needs and assets of the Capital Region and beyond through community engagement. These efforts have allowed us to forge quality partnerships with community organizations in Albany, including our connection with the Capital District YMCA. We have collaborated with the Y via our DEEP Service (which stands for Developing Engaging Educational Partnerships) engagement programs, including the AmeriCorps VISTA Fellows, Bonner Service Leaders, and Summer Service Scholars programs. Over the years, Siena College has also hosted the Latino Youth Conference, under the leadership of Tony Rivera, Assistant Director of ACE, four times and will be hosting it for the fifth time this November 2, 2013.
Other Siena College ACE Collaborations with the Capital District YMCA include:
Capital District YMCA: North Albany Branch
Capital District YMCA: Troy Branch
Photo Credit: Capital District YMCA