FOCUS convenes a free public forum each month on issues of immediate and long-range concern in Central New York and beyond. Forums often are held in the morning on the third Friday of the month in the atrium of City Hall Commons, 201 E. Washington St., Syracuse. A special series of Forums on Community Economic Development begins in September and runs in October and November. Time and location vary with events in some of the new meetings spaces available around Syracuse. MORE ABOUT CURRENT FORUMS.
We’ve chosen our class for the 2018 Academy. Sessions began September 5. Look for the application process to begin again next summer.
Each year FOCUS with Syracuse University offers an eight-week academy for people who live or work in Onondaga County and want to learn more about local government. The class meets each week with public officials to learn how decisions are made from those who have to make them. The dialogue over dinner is informative for both the citizens and officials participating. More than 400 people have graduated from this national award-winning program. LEARN MORE HERE.
WE HAD TWO SPECIAL DATES IN JUNE
The CNY-CAN collaboration established by FOCUS, SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Department of Geriatrics, Southwest Community Center, and HealtheConnections was host to Dr. Joe Selby, Executive Director of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute Thursday June 14 at SUNY Upstate Medical University and for a FOCUS Forum on the importance of patients in the research process Friday, June 15, at Loretto. To learn more about these events CLICK HERE.
The Wisdom Keeper Plaque Unveiling was Friday, May 25
WISDOM KEEPER PLAQUE UNVEILING May 25
Wisdom Keeper Sean Kirst joins FOCUS and previous Wisdom Keepers for the unveiling of the Wisdom Keeper plaque 9 a.m. Friday May 25 at the Wisdom Keeper Garden near City Hall and City Hall Commons.
This year Sean made the Wisdom Keeper celebration April 4 a very special event by honoring the people of Central New York who made his storytelling career possible. The Finger Lakes Ballroom of the Marriott Downtown Syracuse was the setting for this event April 4 in the historic Hotel Syracuse.
This has traditionally been our sole fundraiser of the year to support our continuing programs such as the FOCUS Forums and Citizens Academy. SEE OUR SPONSORS HERE.
Each year FOCUS celebrates and honors community leaders whose continual caring and understanding of the vision for tomorrow has been an inspiration. FOCUS celebrates them at the sole fund-raiser for the year. LEARN MORE AT THIS LINK.
The 2018 Wisdom Keeper is story teller Sean Kirst – More about Sean
He joins our other Wisdom Keepers:
Charlotte “Chuckie” Holstein
Rev. James Mathews
Dr. Sharon Brangman
Bethaida “Bea” Gonzalez