Julius L. Lawrence Jr. is fascinated by the pool table. He said so many skills come into play such as basic math, geometry, strategizing, organization, concentration, as well as the arts of poise and patience.
Lawrence is the Program Coordinator for Project Connection (PC), which is just one of many programs of P.E.A.C.E., Inc. PC is an after-school program, this year celebrating its 30 year in existence.
The program works on homework first and then recreation. He said Syracuse is conservative, so if a program gets started in Syracuse and works, it can go anywhere in the nation successfully.
PC is funded by a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Community Service Block Grant (CSBG), State of NY Office of Mental Retardation Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD).
There are also other special funding sources. For example: Todd and Amy Caputo, Sun Auto give to the program; Also, they give to us through giveToOther.com He is very generous Lawrence said.
For the past 17 years, PC was located in the former Kennedy Square Complex. PC new home is 1085 East Genesee Street / University United Methodist Church Building. Upstate Medical University Biotechnology Research Center will be located in a part of the former Kennedy Square site and rest of Kennedy Square, they have not decided what will be located there. Lawrence said P.E.A.C.E., Inc. still has the Food Services Division and Department of Energy & Housing located between the Upstate research and the Center of Excellence. He also works with the Community Development Advisory Committee (CDAC) and the Tomorrow Neighborhoods Today - TNT 5, where these operations are all located.
Syracuse.com infamous for its negative posts had this posted on May 14, 2009 after a piece on PC's move:
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THESE LITTLE PROGRAM SUCH AS PROJECT CONNECTIONS ARE SO VALUABLE TO THE KIDS IN THE COMMUNITY. FEW STAFF AND A LOW BUDGET, BUT THEY ARE WORTH THEIR WEIGHT IN GOLD.