Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Our Signature Project: Success Looks Like Me

“Success Looks Like Me” is the CGLI’s Grants program that provides low-income youth of color with opportunities to interact with successful adults who reflect the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic richness of Western New York and our nation. Local and national leaders of color will interact with youth through mentoring opportunities, panel and group discussions, tours of workplaces (both virtual and physical), as well as one-on-one interactions -- thus inspiring our youth to believe that they, too, can achieve greatness and recognize that “Success Looks Like Me.”


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Why Success Looks Like Me?

“Having access to people, places and experiences can be a game-changer for many youth of color living in low-income communities. Hearing such simple words as “you can do it” from positive role models can motivate youth to aspire to achieve their own successes.” ~ Jennifer J. Parker, J.D., Chair, Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative


Overview:

The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative’s signature project, “Success Looks Like Me,” provides low-income youth of color with opportunities to interact with successful adults who reflect the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic richness of Western New York and our nation.

The “Success Looks Like Me” Role Model Project brings together leaders of color and local youth through in-person and on-line mentoring opportunities, panel and group discussions, tours of workplaces and college campuses, and one-on-one meetings. The ultimate goal being that they are inspired to believe that they, too, can achieve greatness and recognize that “Success Looks Like Me.”

The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI) formally introduced their signature project in the Spring of 2012 with Lackawanna-native and Tony Award winning actor, Ruben Santiago-Hudson.

Click here for more information on the official launch of Success Looks Like Me.

See below for the latest highlights of our Success Looks Like Me events.


2012 Highlights


"Success Looks Like Me" Role Model Project:


Success Looks Like Me: Role Model Talk with Alphonso O'Neil-White

On August 6, 2012, the CGLI signature program "Success Looks Like Me," made it possible for Buffalo school students to visit with and learn from Alphonso O'Neil-White, President and CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York.

Students toured BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York Corporate Headquarters with CEO Alphonso O'Neil-White and fellow CGLI Council Members.

This event, part of the "Success Looks Like Me" Role Model Project, allowed students to tour the corporate headquarters of BlueCross BlueShield of WNY in downtown Buffalo where Mr. O'Neil-White (also a member of the CGLI Council) discussed his journey and path to success.

“Students can read about success in newspapers or in books, but until they see it up close and personal – I think it has much better impact on them.” ~Alphonso O’Neil-White

The "Success Looks Like Me" Role Model Project connects CGLI Council members to groups of students on-site at their place of employment, where the students learn from successful professionals of color about their paths to success.

  • Click here to view an article with coverage of this event from The Buffalo News.
  • Click here to view photos of this Role Model event.


Close Up Washington, D.C.

Close Up Washington, D.C. is a residential experience used to educate and inspire our young people by providing a ‘close-up’ experience in government and public policy.


In 2011 and 2012 the CGLI sent groups of students to Washington, D.C. to participate in Close Up Washington, D.C.

As a result of this opportunity, all participating students indicated their ability to envision brighter futures, and will work harder, aiming higher because of their newfound awareness of the opportunities available to them.

  • Click here to view photos of the students, as they prepare for the 2012 Close Up trip to Washington, D.C.
  • Click here to view photos of the students, as they prepare for the 2011 Close Up trip to Washington, D.C.

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