My Brother’s Keeper program kicks off Nov. 20

Two Gloversville High School graduates will headline the district’s first My Brother’s Keeper event of the year on Monday, Nov. 20.

Paul Ligon, who graduated in 1981 and his son, Nathaniel, a member of the Class of 2012, will be guest speakers at the event titled “Hard Work and Graduation lead to Expanding Opportunities” during which they will share their personal experiences about their paths to opportunity through hard work and perseverance with students.

Gloversville Enlarged School District was awarded a My Brother’s Keeper Challenge Grant in 2017 by the New York State Education Department. Initiated by President Barack Obama in 2014, the My Brother’s Keeper Challenge Grant program is designed to encourage school districts to develop and implement cradle-to-career college strategies aimed at improving life outcomes for boys and young men of color, as well as develop effective relationships with families toward the goals of success for all students.

Gloversville’s My Brother’s Keeper program is focused on college and career readiness. School leaders say the goal for this year is to provide students with opportunities for college visits, engagement with local business owners, and mentorships.

Parents are welcome at the event, which begins at 9:30 a.m. in the choir room at Gloversville High School. If you plan to attend, please contact Mr. Andrew Slezak at 518-775-5720 ext. 1068, or email: aslezak@gesdk12.org by November 15.

More about the speakers

Paul Ligon was born and raised in Gloversville. He attended Gloversville schools and graduated from GHS in 1981. While at GHS, Paul was a member of the soccer and basketball teams. He continued his education at SUNY Geneseo where he earned a bachelor of arts in sociology. While there, Paul captained the soccer team his senior year. After graduation, Paul successfully completed the New York State Police Academy and became a state trooper for a short time. His passion for working with children, teaching and helping others led him back to the area and he became involved in the soccer program at GHS, eventually serving as the head coach of the varsity boys’ soccer team for 13 years. Paul currently officiates high school soccer and basketball.

He has worked for the Department of Social Services for over 25 years, including 10 years in the Gloversville Middle and High Schools working with at-risk youth and their families through a partnership with DSS. Paul is married to Jennifer and they have two boys, Nicholas and Nathaniel.

Nathaniel Ligon is a 2012 graduate of Gloversville High School. He continued his education at St. John Fisher College, earning his bachelor of science in sport management in May 2015. Weeks after graduation, he began working as a full-time sales associate with the Pittsburgh Pirates, successfully selling a full menu of ticket options. After a year with the Pirates, Nathaniel secured an opportunity with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he currently works. In his role as a member relations associate, Nathaniel focuses on retaining season pass members by providing world-class customer service and building relationships with members throughout the year.

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