Mayor Miner and the Syracuse Women’s Commission hold a “Career Exploration Series” for young women in the Syracuse Community

For the last two weeks of school, 90 young women were seeing their futures open up in front of them at Danforth, Westside Academy, and Frazer Middle Schools. The Syracuse Women’s Commission, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the Syracuse City School District held a two-morning Career Exploration workshop series for middle school girls on June 6th, 7th, 12th, and 13th. The purpose of the workshop series was to expose young women to information about the wide range of career opportunities available to them, and inspire them to strive for success on whatever path they might choose. Participating students were selected by their teachers and principals based on need and interest. Professional women from the Syracuse community representing six vastly different career fields spoke in small group sessions with participants about their about their careers in 20 minute sessions. Professions represented were attorney, police officer, firefighter, social worker, engineer, architect, gallery director, business owner, restaurateur, nurse, news anchor, photo journalist, and property maintenance manager. Girls were given the opportunity to ask questions, share their own career aspirations, and discuss their own challenges and hesitations with each speaker group.

With many professions still largely dominated by men, the series sought to show participants in a focused environment that there is nothing that they cannot do if it is something they are interested in, enjoy, and are willing to work towards. Additionally, Mayor Miner addressed the young women at all three schools, sharing stories of her experiences in school, her challenges with math and shyness, and her rise to her current career through courage and self determination.

As the series came to a close, participants left with new perspectives on just how many careers there are available to them. Asked to fill out a questionnaire at the end of the second day with their thoughts on the speakers, the program, and their ideas about their futures, their thoughtful responses showed that many of the girls left feeling empowered. One young woman from Danforth Academy asserted “I feel like I could be and do anything. I am unstoppable.” Many came out determined to pursue new and exciting careers in fields they claim they never before considered. Other responses included:

“I think that now I can do anything I put my mind to and choose any career I want.”
“I feel that I can be what I want to be and do what I want to do.”
“I’m starting to think about different career paths because there are so many more than I thought”

By learning from the example of successful women in the Syracuse community, it is the hope of the Mayor and the Commission that participants will see their own futures as bright and full of potential and possibility as they really are. The Syracuse Commission for Women will continue to plan events that benefit the women and girls of Syracuse, and plan to organize career exploration series at more schools this fall and next spring.

To learn more about the Women’s Commission, visit:

***A huge thank you goes out to Tops Friendly Markets for donating snacks and water for workshop participants!***

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This Sunday: Keeping the P(e)ace 5K

The Syracuse University Remembrance Scholars are organizing a 5K Run/Walk this Sunday to benefit the victims of last week’s Boston Marathon bombing. Proceeds will go toward Technology Underwriting Greater Good (TUGG), which will allocate funds to organizations responding to Boston’s needs following the attack, including The One Fund, American Red Cross of Boston, and the Boston Children’s Hospital.

Participants will race on a 5K course around the Syracuse University area. A donation is required for participation. While there is no set fee, organizers suggest a $10 donation. The first 150 participants contributing $10 or more will receive a free shirt.

The event includes the 5K race, live music and refreshments. Awards will be given to first-place finishers as well as the top two donors.

Registration begins at 11AM outside Schine Student Center and the race begins at noon. Parking will be available at the Waverly lot.

To learn more, visit the event’s Facebook page and watch video below.

Can’t make it? You can still contribute virtually! Visit the event’s fundraising page.

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Successful Clean Up ‘Cuse

Last Saturday’s neighborhood clean-up and beautification project proved successful. According to the Syracuse Department of Public Works, Clean Up ‘Cuse volunteers removed a total of 8.28 tons of litter! Hundreds of volunteers descended on ten different Syracuse neighborhoods to remove litter and debris. In some areas, participants mulched and gardened.

The annual event, supported by OCRRA and the United Way, is a service project centered around community improvement and environmental consciousness.

Thank you to all volunteers for a Saturday of hard work and enthusiasm! We look forward to next year’s event.

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Volunteers rake on the Northside of Syracuse.

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Volunteers prepare for the morning project.

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Work at some sites included mulching.

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The litter collected along public roads and parks totaled 8.28 tons!

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Mayor Miner congratulates participants on their public service.

For more pictures, visit the City of Syracuse Flickr page.

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Clean Up ‘Cuse This Saturday!

This Saturday, April 13th, marks the annual Clean Up ‘Cuse event! With extensive support from OCRRA and the United Way of Central New York, Mayor Miner presents Clean Up ‘Cuse as a community-wide litter clean-up and neighborhood beautification initiative.

Between 9 am and 1 pm, volunteers will take Syracuse by storm, spreading across the city to clean its streets, sidewalks, and green spaces.

Clean Up ‘Cuse targets ten distinct areas of the city through eleven different projects (the Northside has two projects): Eastwood, Eastside, Creekwalk, Northside, Near-Northside, Tipperary Hill, Southside, Downtown, Valley, and Hawley Green. Each project has at least one team leader responsible for overseeing and directing volunteers.

Locations have slightly different tasks, depending on the needs of the area. All include picking up litter and debris. Some include gardening or mulching. All necessary supplies, as well as t-shirts, snacks, and water, are provided through the generous support of Tops Friendly Markets and the Home Depot. Volunteers wishing to provide additional tools or supplies are encouraged to do so.

Join us! Sign up through

Download the flyer.

See pictures from last year’s clean-up efforts on Flickr.

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Syracuse Basketball Advances to the Final Four

For the fifth time in history, the Syracuse University’s Men’s Basketball team will advance to the Final Four!

Following last Saturday’s 55-39 win against the Marquette Golden Eagles, the Orange will  advance to the penultimate game in the championship. Syracuse will play Michigan this Saturday for a chance to compete in its third NCAA national basketball championship and a shot at a second national championship title for the Orange.

The Orange made their first Final Four appearance in 1975. Unfortunately, the team did not advance to the national championship, losing to Kentucky 95-79. The team’s next run at the national championship in 1987 showed more promise, winning in the Final Four match-up against Providence, 77-63, but falling just one point short in the championship game against Indiana. The 1996 season followed a similar pattern, winning in the Final Four game 77-69 against Mississippi State, but ultimately losing to Number 1 seed Kentucky 76-67.

The team’s most recent appearance in the Final Four was in 2003, a season that many Syracusans remember vividly. The 2002-2003 season stands as Syracuse University’s first and only national championship. Beating Texas 95-84 in the Final Four, the Orange advanced to play Kansas for the national title and won, 81, 78. The 2003 NCAA Championship secured Syracuse University and Coach Jim Boeheim a spot in college basketball history.

Fans are already pouring into Atlanta, Georgia in preparation for Saturday’s big game. Orange-clad fans welcome the Syracuse Orange in Atlanta, Georgia late Tuesday night in this video. Mayor Miner announced Tuesday that Delta Air Lines will be adding more Atlanta-bound flights from Syracuse in anticipation of the weekend’s Final Four appearance. Mayor Miner herself will be travelling to Atlanta for the Final Four so check Twitter and Facebook for updates and inside stories about her experience!

The Syracuse-Michigan Final Four game is scheduled for Saturday, April 6th at 8:49 PM. The game will be televised on CBS.

Coach Jim Boeheim smiles (a rare sight) as he cuts down the net from the Orange's Elite Eight victory over Marquette on March 30 |

Coach Jim Boeheim smiles (a rare sight) as he cuts down the net from the Orange’s Elite Eight victory over Marquette on March 30.


The 2012-2013 Syracuse Men’s Basketball team celebrates its Elite Eight victory over Marquette last Saturday.

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2013 Woman of the Year Award Photos

On Wednesday evening, Mayor Stephanie Miner and the Women’s Commission presented Daryl Files with the 2013 Woman of the Year Award. Daryl, an activist on the North Side of Syracuse, was honored for her tireless service and compassionate leadership.

Woman of the Year, 3-27-2013

Woman of the Year, 3-27-2013

Woman of the Year, 3-27-2013

Woman of the Year, 3-27-2013

Woman of the Year, 3-27-2013

Woman of the Year, 3-27-2013

Woman of the Year, 3-27-2013

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Watch a video of the event below:

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2013 Woman of the Year Award to be Presented to Daryl Files

On Wednesday, March 27th, the Syracuse Women’s Commission and Mayor Stephanie Miner will honor Daryl Files as the 2013 Woman of the Year.

An enthusiastic leader within multiple local organizations, including Women Transcending Boundaries, Interfaith Works, and The Leadership Classroom, Daryl works tirelessly to improve the Syracuse community. Daryl’s colleagues describe her as a “motivating force,” effectively organizing community members with vision and compassion. Daryl coordinated the construction of the Tapestry Garden, a community garden dedicated to refugee women and children living in Syracuse, spearheaded the successful A-OK! Acts of Kindness Weekend, and initiated the Butternut Style beautification project. Daryl also helped secure a grocery store in the place of Wegman’s on the North Side and co-created the “Welcome Wagon” to help new Americans adjust to life in Syracuse. Daryl accompanies countless hours of dedicated volunteer work with joy and humor, earning her the admiration of her colleagues and making her an exceptional role model for young women.

Syracuse’s Woman of the Year Award is presented annually to “an unsung heroine who has made a difference in her community, who has acted as a role model for other women, and who has otherwise enhanced the lives of the citizens of the City of Syracuse.” Local residents can nominate women for the annual award. The Women’s Commission selects the award recipient.

The Women’s Commission, founded in 1986, is an advisory committee to the Mayor on women’s rights and interest. The Commission’s goals areto realize the rights of women of all ages to equal opportunity and participation in the affairs of the community; to ensure women of all ages freedom from discrimination based on gender and to assure them of the benefits of equal opportunity and the full utilization of their talents to promote their educational, health, economic and social well-being.”

This year’s Woman of the Year Award Ceremony will be held at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, March 27th in the Atrium at City Hall Commons (201 E. Washington St.). The event is free and open to the public.

To learn more about the Women’s Commission and the Woman of the Year Award, visit the Commission’s informational page.

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