"Feedback came from a teacher and our guidance counselor and they both stated they were happy that [the Binghamton University Promise Zone intern] has been a good resource for the kids in the building, and that with one student in particular they see him making some improvements in his attitude towards school and his behavior since he began working with [the Binghamton University Promise Zone intern]. We're so lucky to have you guys here!” - School Social Worker
“The Promise Zone is a place where the children of [the school] are able to open up inside, talk about the troubles that have been bothering them, it’s a place where they can be free and cool down from drama that been going on. ‘Freedom’ to a certain extent.” - Promise Zone Student
“Thankful. [Promise Zone is] such a great asset to our building and district. I really think it helps students and gives them the support they need in a safe space. It's also a wonderful resource for parents.” - School Associate Principal
National and Local Impact
- Became the fifth NYS Promise Zone Initiative and the first to be county wide.
- Launching the nation’s first University-Assisted Community School Model as a collaboration between Binghamton University, Broome County Mental Health Department, and Broome-Tioga BOCES
- Featured on Children's Aid Society (CAS) and Coalition Websites
- Promise Zone staff’s visit to Washington gained attention from Representative Hanna who sent his Legislative Assistant, Nicholas Stewart to visit Binghamton to learn more about our countywide, university-assisted community school initiative.
- National scholars from the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington ask Broome County Promise Zone to partner with them on publications and presentations to highlight the unique work we are doing in our rural settings. http://www.communityschools.org/multimedia/partner_spotlight_broome_cou…
- Broome County Promise Zone was chosen as 1 of 4 (out of over 40) communities to participate in George Washington University’s Robert Wood Johnson - supported study to learn from and showcase exemplary school-community initiatives that promote success for underserved youth. http://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/2015/10/05/event-sparks-communi…
- Assemblywoman Lupardo’s office highlights Promise Zone in a video on the success of after-school programs.
- Dean Laura Bronstein’s book on school-linked services and community schools including a feature on Broome County Promise Zone was released May 2016 by Columbia University Press: http://cup.columbia.edu/book/school-linked-services/9780231160957
- A May 2016 email from a Binghamton University graduating senior to Dean Bronstein stated, “A large reason why I decided to stay in the area, I attribute to you and what I learned from your class in Community Schools…. Thank you for … impacting my decision to stay and serve the Binghamton community”.