EOP Funding Advocacy

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The Educational Opportunity Program encourages its students to take part in advocacy, and in the issues affecting them, not only as students, but as state residents and as a member of the United States populace.

In an effort to help in the lobbying fight to keep fundings for EDP (EOP), EDP students, their families, and their friends are asked to contact their respective legislator and let their voice be heard on this very important issue and on any other issues that are of concern.The NYS Capitol building in Albany, NY, houses the senate and assembly of the NYS legislature. If you are 18 years of age or older and a U.S. citizen and have not registered to vote, please complete this form.

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Mr. White, Jayla, NYS Senator Marc Panepinto, Natselyne, and Kalif

Three Fredonia EDP students--Kalif Crutcher, Natselyne Peralta, and Jayla Williams--traveled with EDP Director David White and other EOC/EOP students to Albany 2/29/16 for EOC/EOP Advocacy Day. They met with Senator Cathy Young (57th District - represents all of Chautauqua County, Cattaraugus County and Allegany County, as well as the lower half of Livingston County); Senator Tim Kennedy (63rd District - represents WNY/Erie County); and Senator Marc Panepinto (60th District - represents parts of the City of Buffalo, the City of Tonawanda as well the Towns of Grand Island, Tonawanda, Hamburg, Orchard Park, Evans and Brant).

NYS Senator Catharine Young talks with Jayla, Kalif, and Natselyne EDP Group with NYS Senator Tim Kennedy


Six Fredonia EDP students--Kalif Crutcher, Rachael James, Jelissa Lebron, Jessie Moriarty, Marlene N’Guessan, and Jayla Williams--traveled with EDP Director David White and other EOC/EOP students to Albany 2/10/15 for EOC/EOP Advocacy Day. Students spoke to Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes (Buffalo); Senator Jesse Hamilton, III (Brooklyn); Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner (Bronx); Laura Manley, Legislative Director for Senator Rich Funke (Rochester), and Legislative Aide for Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (Scarsdale).
Jessie, Rachael, Kalif, Jelissa, Jayla, and Marlene - 2015 EOC/EOP Advocacy Day in Albany 2015 EOC/EOP Advocacy Day in Albany
Fredonia group with Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes Fredonia group with Senator Jesse Hamilton


Advocacy Day in Albany - 2014 Advocacy Day in Albany - 2014
Five Fredonia EDP students (Nour Mahieldeina, Jessie Moriarty, Jennifer Garcia, Daquella Blacks, and Darlene Cruz) and EDP director David White were part of the Western New York (Fredonia, Geneseo, Buffalo Center, and UB) contingent. Fredonia's students met with Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney.
2014 Advocacy Day in Albany - Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney


The State Capitol Building in Albany, NY NYS Senator Catharine Young met with Fredonia's EDP group

NYS Assemblywoman Vanessa Gibson with Rachael, Krystal, and Nicole NYS Assemblyman Carl Heastie welcomed Fredonia's EDP supporters

“We had another amazing experience in Albany,” said EDP Director David White. “Nicole King, Krystal Lebron, and Rachael James all did a tremendous job of speaking to our state legislators. We met with Assemblyman Carl Heastie (District 83--covers the Williamsbridge, Wakefield, Edenwald, Eastchester, and Baychester sections of the Northeast Bronx); Senator Carl Marcellino's Chief of Staff (District 5--which comprises parts of Nassau and Suffolk Counties in Long Island); and our own Senator Catharine Young (District 57--which includes all of Chautauqua County, Cattaraugus County and Allegany County, and the lower half of Livingston County). As a result of Rachael's connections (Rachael's grandmother, former Assemblywoman Aurelia Green who served 27 years in the Assembly), we were able to meet Assemblywomen Vanessa Gibson (District 77--which includes the Concourse, Highbridge, and Morris Heights sections of the Southwest Bronx) and Barbara Clark (District 33--which comprises Bellerose, Cambria Heights, Hollis and St. Albans, among other neighborhoods located in Queens County).”

Lash, Margaret, and Mr. White - Inside the NYS Assembly Lash, Margaret, and Mr. White - In Albany for EOP Lobby Day 3/27/12


We have had a tremendous experience! Lash and Margaret passionately spoke to several state legislators on the importance and need for continued EOP funding and the opportunity that it has provided. Assemblyman Sean Ryan, 144th District (Fredonia alumnus), invited us onto the Assembly floor where we were officially introduced and welcomed. Two other NYS Assembly representatives from Buffalo--Mr. Michael Kearns, 145th District, and Ms. Crystal Peoples-Stokes, 141st District--both introduced themselves to our students as well. -- Mr. White



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