Author Archives: Ashley Kang

Free Legal Advice

Volunteer lawyers help people stay in their homes, avoid evictions What if Syracuse’s homeless issue were tackled by preventing people from becoming homeless in the first place? What if instead of trying to find temporary living space, someone created a program that targeted the reasons people end up homeless and used it to combat homelessness? The Volunteer Lawyers Project of ... Read More »

Q&A with Dewayne Garner

In addition to being an excellent father, Garner was nominated by his brother Fred, for also helping to raise his niece & nephew Q: What did it feel like when you became a father? A: It was probably the best day of my life and the scariest day of my life combined. I was with my wife when she went ... Read More »

The Down Unders

After feeling like she didn’t belong, Laurie Muok created her own robotics team Read More »

Bike Safety in Syracuse

The phrase “it’s as easy as riding a bike” isn’t one Mike Lyon uses. The Onondaga Cycling Club president said his 18-mile trek to work is a zig zag from Baldwinsville to the city. He avoids certain streets because he can’t safely share the road with motor vehicles, and there are no bike lanes for him to use along the ... Read More »

Mothers Are Not Alone

Volunteers support women throughout pregnancy, during birth and beyond Imagine sitting in a bed in a delivery room all alone. Maybe you don’t speak the same language as your doctors. Maybe you’re 18 years old and scared, giving birth to your first child with no one to support you. For too many women in Syracuse, this is a reality. “You ... Read More »

Encouraging the Dream

Two business starters share their success stories Two entrepreneurs, from distinct walks of life, talked about their experiences starting their own businesses at the South Side Innovation Center Saturday, Nov. 21. Saquan Lewis, born and raised on Syracuse’s South Side, started his clothing line, Team Les Go, in order to fund his goal of turning his first novel, “Dangerous Hood ... Read More »

Construction Zone

Beauchamp Branch Library engages kids with educational activities Read More »

Maintaining Peace

Organization wants to implement ‘conflict transformation’ initiative A South Side organization has decided on strong marching orders toward its ambitious goal of establishing systemic change to combat youth violence in Syracuse neighborhoods. Members of the organization — the ACTS Community Violence Task Force — say they want to move beyond merely resolving conflicts and instead focus on transforming the South ... Read More »

Book Buddies

One-on-one sessions strive to improve Seymour Academy students’ reading levels During Isaac Osei-Bobie’s first session as a Book Buddy, he had to chase 6-year-old Julio Pinet Jr. around the Seymour Dual Language Academy library and persuade him to settle down long enough to finish his lunch and complete reading his sight words. Although it was just the first session, Osei-Bobie ... Read More »

Moving Past Abuse

Ardena Harvey decides to tell her story to help others and herself move forward in life Read More »