The Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce held their Leadership Frankfort Graduation at the Historic Buffalo Trace Distillery Clubhouse on Thursday, July 17th. The guest speaker was Mark Brown, President and CEO of Buffalo Trace Distillery. He spoke of leadership and having a vision for the future and the role it plays. Fourteen graduates with great vision completed the near year long Leadership Frankfort course, in which the class met once a month and learned a different aspect of Frankfort and how to become a more effective leader in the community.
This year’s graduates decided to carry on a project from a previous class, as well as restart a much needed community group. The class has decided to focus on the children of Frankfort and Franklin County, the future of this community.
As such, they are continuing a project started by a previous year’s leadership group and are going to participate in the BackPack Program. They will continue to hold food drives throughout the community, utilizing many local churches and organizations.
They have also decided to take up the challenge of restarting the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization here in Franklin County. This leadership class realized the need in this community to start something positive with our youth. Did you know that it takes $1,000 to match a child with a mentor? And this leadership group set an aggressive goal of matching five kids with five mentors by the end of 2014. Billie Jo Gannone, the spokesperson for this leadership class states, “The latest is that we have 4 kids ready to match and now have three adults that have stepped up. One match is getting ready to be made and the other two adults are still going through the background check/personality matching process. Our goal by the end of the year is the match 5 kids. One of us from our group will chair the Bowl For Kids Sale Bowlathon for next year to see it’s continued success. BBBS is also filing their paperwork to again receive assistance through the United Way. With the annual BFKS and United Way assistance, it ensures the program will be sustainable.”
Lastly, this aggressive group of leaders has decided to help in the beautification of the community by utilizing their new affiliation with BBBS and join forces with local artist Jennifer Zingg and Downtown Frankfort, Inc., by helping paint a mural on the floodwall along the Riverview Trail. This project is still in the planning stages, so stay tuned to Capital Living for future updates!
Congratulations to this year’s Leadership Frankfort class! We look forward to seeing your impact in the Frankfort community.
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About the Leadership Frankfort Program
The purpose of this nine-month program is to foster leadership potential in the community to ensure the continued growth, development, and overall prosperity of Frankfort and Franklin County. The Leadership Frankfort program is designed to educate and inform individuals on issues and opportunities of our community; creates awareness and understanding of how each of our actions affect others; seeks to build a network of committed, informed and progressive individuals in the Frankfort/Franklin County Community.
The Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce is NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for the 2014-15 Leadership Frankfort Class. These classes do many things including, but not limited to:
Seeking to build a network of committed, informed and progressive individuals in the Frankfort/Franklin County Community
Learn… what’s happening in our town
Learn… what challenges face our community and how you can make a difference
Learn… the economic barometer of the area and how it may affect our community and business.
Stop by the Chamber Office to pick up your application. Or, download it HERE. Space is limited and the deadline to return your application is September 1, 2014.
About the BackPack Program
Across the country, teachers and school nurses have found that in some instances, Monday morning comes and they are forced to compete against hunger for the attention of their students. More than 18 million children qualify for free or reduced price meals through the National School Lunch Program, the fuel that they need to get them through the week. What happens to these children when they go home over the weekend?
For more than 15 years, the Feeding America BackPack Program has been helping children get the nutritious and easy-to-prepare food they need over the course of the weekend. Today, bags of food assembled at more than 150 local food banks are distributed at the end of the week to nearly 230,000 children every year. With your help, we can provide more.
For more information, click HERE.
About the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program
Big Brothers Big Sisters is not your typical organization. We help children realize their potential and build their futures. We nurture children and strengthen communities.
Each time Big Brothers Big Sisters pairs a child with a role model, we start something incredible: a one-to-one relationship built on trust and friendship that can blossom into a future of unlimited potential. And thanks to the first-ever nationwide impact study of a mentoring organization, we have the facts to prove it.
Public/Private Ventures, an independent Philadelphia-based national research organization, looked at over 950 boys and girls from eight Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across the country selected for their large size and geographic diversity. This study, conducted in 1994 and 1995, is widely considered to be foundational to the mentoring field in general and to Big Brothers Big Sisters Community-Based program in particular.
Approximately half of the children were randomly chosen to be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister. The others were assigned to a waiting list. The matched children met with their Big Brothers or Big Sisters about three times a month for an average of one year.
Researchers surveyed both the matched and unmatched children, and their parents on two occasions: when they first applied for a Big Brother or Big Sister, and again 18 months later.
Researchers found that after 18 months of spending time with their Bigs, the Little Brothers and Little Sisters, compared to those children not in our program, were:
- 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
- 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
- 52% less likely to skip school
- 37% less likely to skip a class
- 33% less likely to hit someone
They also found that the Littles were more confident of their performance in schoolwork and getting along better with their families.
“These dramatic findings are very good news, particularly at a time when many people contend that ‘nothing works’ in reaching teenagers,” said Gary Walker, then-President of Public/Private Ventures. “This program suggests a strategy the country can build on to make a difference, especially for youth in single-parent families.”
The Big Brothers Big Sisters Match
According to the study, our one-to-one matches are the driving force behind making an impact on children. A Big Brothers Big Sisters’ match is carefully administered and held to the strictest standards. Agency staff strives for matches that are not only safe and well suited to each child’s needs, but also harmonious and built to last. The entire matching process, from the initial screening to the final pairing—and beyond—is made possible by your financial support.
But don’t just think of us as simply matchmakers. We provide ongoing support and supervision to the Big, the Little, and the Little’s family. We offer training and advice to help ensure that the match is working for everyone involved. And our local agencies even receive their own ongoing training and consulting from the Big Brothers Big Sisters national office. It is this web of support that helps maximize the likelihood that a Big Brothers Big Sisters relationship will thrive.
The study found that Big Brothers Big Sisters’ matches consistently spend more time together, and continue as a match for longer periods, than those in other mentoring programs which Public/Private Ventures has studied.
“In mentoring programs without this infrastructure, we have found that relationships evaporate too soon for effects to be possible,” said Walker.
According to the study, Big Brothers Big Sisters programs were found to “focus less on specific problems after they occur, and more on meeting youths’ most basic developmental needs.”
The matches that were observed shared everyday activities: eating out, playing sports or attending sports events, going to movies, sightseeing, and just hanging out together.
But what mattered to the children were not the activities. It was the fact that they had a caring adult in their lives. Because they had someone to confide in and to look up to, they were, in turn, doing better in school and at home. And at a time in their lives when even small choices can change the course of their future, the Littles were also avoiding violence and substance abuse.
Public/Private Ventures, a national research organization with more than 30 years of experience in studying child development and social service issues, conducted the independent research.
Log onto http://www.bbbs.org for more information