Other Programs in CNY

While LGS provides the most comprehensive civic engagement program available in Central New York, there are others!

If you believe in CNY and want to be a part of making it even better, there are plenty of ways to get involved. If you don’t know where to start, check out the organizations below. Each provide citizens with the information they need to start taking an active role our community.

Citizens Academy

The Citizens Academy is an interactive educational program that informs citizens of Onondaga County about how local governments are organized, and how services are funded and delivered. It is a place to learn about citizen involvement through an integrated approach to economic vitality, social equity, and a healthy environment.

Citizens Academy was created and is administered by FOCUS Greater Syracuse and University College of Syracuse University. It runs 8 evening sessions each fall. Learn more at:


CNY Political Leadership Institute

Bothered by the number of uncontested political races each year? If you are interested in running for office (government or school board) or simply want to help a friend with their campaign, consider attending the CNY Political Leadership Institute. The program holds 8 evening sessions each winter. Weekly topics include: getting on the ballot, team building, campaign finance and fundraising, messaging, media and new media, get out the vote. For more information call Pam Brunet at LGS at 315-422-5471.


Corporate Volunteer Council

Is your organization looking for a community project? No better place to gather info than the Corporate Volunteer Council (CVC). The CVC is a coalition of businesses, organizations and associations that recognize the importance of volunteerism in our community. They are here to help local businesses give back to the community that supports them by encouraging and supporting employee volunteerism. Learn more at:


Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders

The mission of Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders is to increase the inclusiveness and diversity on non-profit boards in CNY. The 8-night training program is designed to provide potential board members with the ins and outs of board service and leadership. This program was piloted in 2014 with partnership members including The Gifford Foundation, The Central New York Community Foundation and Leadership Greater Syracuse. For more information call Sheena Solomon at The Gifford Foundation at  315-474-2489 x16 or email her at: sheena@giffordfoundation.org

Onondaga Citizens League

The Onondaga Citizens League (OCL) is designed to promote citizen education and involvement in public affairs. Members discuss and propose solutions to issues facing Central New York.  OCL then generates reports offering specific recommendations for resolving the  studied problem. The league does not promote specific legislation nor function as a lobbying group.

Any  citizen, business or organization in Central New York may become a member of the  Onondaga Citizens League. Membership can be as simple as financial support, but  you are encouraged to participate on planning committees and in the study sessions.

As an OCL member, you will receive the annual study report and updates on  League activities. The nonpartisan Onondaga Citizens League researches, writes, and produces reports only through the generous contributions of the  membership. Learn more at:


Thursday Morning Roundtable

Thursday Morning Roundtable (TMR) is a public service program sponsored by University College of Syracuse University. TMR is a weekly civic forum bringing together a mix of citizens to learn about and discuss community issues and problems. Since its inception in 1965, TMR has delivered over 1,600 programs for its members, who represent a cross-section of business, non-profit, educational, and government organizations. Learn more at:


United Way of Central New York

If you are interested in supporting human services, contact the United Way of Central New York. They begin by developing an understanding of the issues in our community, they then search out the best ways to make improvements. United Way of CNY focuses the  community resources—your gift and the gifts of others—on making an impact where  it’s needed most, funding the finest programs at well-run agencies and  continually monitoring programs to make sure they stay on track and achieve  results. Learn more at:


Training to Ensure More Qualified Board Members are Available in CNY