1 - We just celebrated 25 years of theBroome Leadership Institute Program (which began with the Chamber in 1988) in developing and educating our region’s future leadership, growing to 500 graduates. In Summer 2012, GBEOP received a grant from The Stewart W. and Willma C. Hoyt Foundationto prepare a new generation of leaders for nonprofit board service, which will be incorporated into the 2012-2013 BLI Program.
2 - We continue to grow our Junior Achievement Program for our local schools in grades K through 12. JA has allowed business volunteers the opportunity to enhance our students’ education with a hands-on curriculum that integrates both real world and 21stcentury skills, and focuses on financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness. Over the last four years, we have offered 111 JA programs to over 3,000 students in all grade levels at 21 schools and one after school program. In fact, GBEOP’s hard work was recognized on June 27, 2012 by being named “Business Partner of the Year” by the Junior Achievement Central New York office in Syracuse – an organization we work very closely with on JA programs in Broome County.