Niagara Region — Old


Western NY Region
A diverse community with a Tuscarora reservation.  

Civic engagement Leaders

Natalie Beilein – The Western NY Career Pathways Alliance
Roscoe Naguit

Impact Goal

To bridge the gap between  community self awareness and regional career pathways.   

Computer programming for the Pathways Alliance database of local careers.
Location for new Higher Ed Academy based on the Indigo Philosophies.

Regional Needs

Corporate sponsors.
Funding for local personnel. 
Entrepreneurial mentors.  

Niagara youth "graduating" from the College Simulation Experience. 

Niagara youth “graduating” from the College Simulation Experience. 

When you think of Niagara Falls, you think of vacation and the powerful vistas of cascading waters.  However, what you don’t realize is this community is struggling to find work for youth, revitalize the downtown, and compete with the Canadian side of the Falls.  Natalie Beilein, a force of nature, who was born and raised in the area, has a huge heart for students.  She is focused on working with local school districts to catalyze latent potential and partnering with local organizations and companies to create relevant career pathways while inspiring the “grit” that is inherent in these resilient people. 

Who is involved

  • Niagara Falls School District
  • Western New York Career Pathway Alliance
  • Liberty Partnerships
  • Hohl Industry
  • Niagara County Community College Athletics
  • Orleans/Niagara BOCES
  • Grand Island Central School District 
  • Phi Delta Kappa Regional Chapter
  • Niagara University
  • Grand Island School District
  • North Tonawanda School District
  • Niagara Falls Teen Connection
  • General Motors
  • FBites – Bobby Anderson and Whitney Walker.  Developing soft skills through fine cooking. 
  • College Simulation Experience – April Baskin’s preparation for college success program.  
  • Lewiston Porter Central School District
  • Leadership Niagara – LYNC Youth Program
  • Lockport City School District
  • Confer Plastics
  • Niagara Falls Youth City Council
  • Niagara Global Tourism Institute
  • Young Scholars LLP
  • Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative (ESPRI) 

Statistics from the Mobile Safety Net Report.  Click here or the picture to view the entire report.  

Statistics from the Mobile Safety Net Report.  Click here or the picture to view the entire report.  

Highlights, what we’ve done so far

  • Ongoing: Engage with more school districts to train over 10,000 local students. 
  • Summer 2018: Workshops with Teen Connection in Niagara to promote community engagement, teach self-awareness, and work with different communication styles.
  • Summer 2018: Hire two local youth to conduct workshops, drive change and mentor youth leadership.
  • Spring 2018: Building a coalition among students, educators and regional workforce. 
  • May 2018: Conducted a day long BOCES training with 20 administrators in attendance.
  • Spring 2018: Worked with over 5,ooo students and trained over 400 teachers. 
  • Spring 2018: Began partnership with ESPRI to add 250 adults to workforce.
  • Spring 2017:  Registered Indigo Impact Initiative 501(c)(3) in New York. 
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