In 2015, Open Buffalo launched Emerging Leaders, a first-of-its-kind leadership development school which aims to build a stronger Buffalo by preparing new leaders in our city. Those who have been accepted into the 2016 EL class will complete an innovative program that combines cutting-edge community organizing training, action-oriented research, and interpersonal skill-building.
Local partners from across the Open Buffalo social justice collaborative join forces with national trainers to deliver this comprehensive curriculum and begin to build a new leadership pipeline in Buffalo. In addition, each participant is paired with a mentor to further build bridges between communities and organizations in our city.
The 2016 Emerging Leaders are 26 dynamic community leaders, representing a diverse range of identities and from every corner of Buffalo. Participants were selected with the intention of empowering communities directly impacted by injustice.