Volunteers Requested: Buffalo State HR Professionals Panel

    Please let us know if you are available to speak to a group of Buffalo State students on Thursday, March 1st from 12-1:30pm.  Please contact Tiffany Dillon at to learn more!

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    Junior Achievement USA

    Press Release: SHRM and Junior Achievement USA Announce Two-Year Collaboration

    Together, organizations will promote work readiness in schools, prepare youth to become successful adults in the world of work 

    Washington, D.C., June 21, 2016 — The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Junior Achievement USA announced today that they have formed a collaborative partnership to promote work readiness in high schools across the country.

    Leaders of the two organizations — Henry G. (Hank) Jackson, president and CEO of SHRM, and Jack E. Kosakowski, president and CEO of Junior Achievement USA — will sign a memorandum  of understanding today during SHRM's 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition.  Read more...

    JA Volunteer Openings: Through in-class programs, volunteers from all walks of life enter local classrooms to teach students about business, economics, and the importance of staying in school. JA has programs for students in grades K-12 and all of their programs correlate with the New York Standards for Learning. JA Be Entrepreneurial programs are in need if volunteers ASAP to ensure the students in those classes are able to participate in the Business Plan Challenge in January. JA IN A DAY require a team of 3-5 volunteers and the entire JA program is completed in one day's time, at a date of volunteer and teachers choice. Click here for JA volunteer opportunities.

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    Junior-Senior Conference

    Call for Volunteers!!

    Are you an HR expert who would like to support a short presentation on "Soft Skills" or "Next Steps after High School" for a junior-senior conference on Friday, Feb 9th from 11:30am to 1pm to do (3) 20-25 minute sessions at the Millennium?

    If so, please contact John Craig

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    Orchard Park Foundation for Academic Excellence

    Would you like to volunteer with the Orchard Park Foundation for Academic Excellence? They are an organization that works with the Orchard Park School District to enhance the educational experience of students in the district.

    They partnered with Bryant & Stratton Institute, the Orchard Park Chamber of Commerce and Great Erie Federal Credit Union to create and present a soft skills program to the students of Orchard Park High School. It’s called “Heads Up” … in lift up your head from your cell phone and get into life!

    The program began last year with presentations to the freshman class on how to shake hands, introduce yourself and ask open ended questions in a work or personal setting. This year we added a diversity component and that will be presented to sophomores. Next year we want to add in juniors, etc.

    We are looking for young professionals to present the diversity message to the high school sophomores and thought that a student chapter in HR might be the perfect place to get presenters. Might anyone associated with BNHRA be interested in this opportunity?

    It entails 1 to 2 evenings of training at Bryant and Stratton in Orchard Park and then committing to about a 2-3 hour time at the high school to present to various groups of students during their school periods.

    We have an opportunity for 2 or 3 students for this current opportunity. It is the diversity topic and the training will be from 6-8 PM on Tuesday, Jan 30 and Thursday, Feb 1 at the Orchard Park campus of Bryant & Stratton.

    The presentations are during the school day at the Orchard Park High School on Friday, Feb 16. The day starts at 7:25 AM and finishes at 12:45 PM. There are 8 periods in the day, but volunteers would be asked to take anywhere from 2 to 4 periods, which would encompass about 2 hours of time. Presentations would be in front of 12 – 27 students at a time and they would work with a partner in making the presentations.

    This program happens every fall and spring during the school year. We need volunteers for freshmen – the soft skills of how to behave when meeting new people……sophomores – diversity and next year we will add a session for juniors. So, there will be other opportunities during the 2018 – 2019 school year.

    Lee Backus, SPHR
    d: +1 (716) 817 6993

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