I reached out to Open Buffalo after learning that they were a local social justice organization that focuses on advancing racial, economic, and ecological justice through civic engagement, leadership development, and promoting policy changes to address systemic issues. Open Buffalo has been grooming leaders in the community for years — both adults in their Emerging Leaders program, and youth in their Youth Action program. These programs have prepared leaders to address the issues our communities face, and to give a voice and path towards equity and justice. I cannot thank Open Buffalo enough for their commitment to create systemic changes in our Buffalo community, and for giving me an opportunity to be a part of their work. I have gained great knowledge, experience, and connections to continue my role in striving towards creating systemic changes to benefit our community.
Heather Kuhn, Open Buffalo Summer 2021 Intern / University at Buffalo School of Law, Class of 2022