GLOW With Your Hands News

GLOW With Your Hands Hosting a "Night at the Ballpark"

Area businesses to have workplace simulations on display to promote September 27th event at the Genesee County Fairgrounds

BATAVIA, N.Y. – GLOW With Your Hands is hosting a “Night at the Ballpark” in conjunction with the Batavia Muckdogs on Friday, July 29th at 7 PM. Participating companies and businesses from GLOW Region will be in attendance to showcase activities that will be on display at the 3rd annual GLOW With Your Hands event on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at the Genesee County Fairgrounds.

GLOW With Your Hands Committee members will be on site to share information, giveaways, and assist with hands-on activities during the game. 

Among the vendors attending and the activities they are promoting include: 

•    Allegheny Farms: Heavy Equipment Display
•    Bricklayers and Allied Contractors Local #3: Brick Wall Activity
•    Summit Street Physical Therapy: Demonstrations
•    Genesee Valley BOCES: Clean Hands Activity
•    Transfer VR: Virtual Reality Career Exploration

“We invite all of our past and future GLOW With Your Hands participants and our entire GLOW community to join us for both a great game and the opportunity to see some of what makes our event so impactful,” said GLOW Workforce Development Board Executive Director, Jay Lazarony. “We also hope the event at the ballpark will generate more interest among businesses and companies to join us at this year’s event.”

“We want to provide the best day possible on September 27th for GLOW region students by having high quality vendor activities in order to create a fun, educational, learning environment,” said GLOW With Your Hands Co-Chair, Chris Suozzi. “The hundreds of students who will be attending GLOW With Your Hands are the next generation of skilled laborers and professionals, and we are confident that based on the past success of the previous events that area companies will find well-qualified and highly trainable candidates for employment.”

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BATAVIA, N.Y. – GLOW With Your Hands is on the search for volunteers to help support the day long, hands-on career exploration event for GLOW Region students on September 27, 2022.

Launched in 2019, GLOW with Your Hands conducted the first hands-on career exploration event in which over 800 middle and high school students from 25 school districts in Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming counties learn about high-growth and high-demand career opportunities in agriculture, advanced manufacturing, and the skilled trades among others.

Volunteers are needed in all aspects of the event including hard hat and student bag assembly, post-event clean up, table and chair setup, and guiding students throughout the day. Volunteers ensure the event runs smoothly in a timely manner.

“The success of GLOW With Your Hands would not be possible without the help and hard work of our volunteers,” said GLOW Workforce Development Board Executive Director, Jay Lazarony. “Volunteers make the student experience worthwhile,
educational, and enjoyable! There are many moving parts to the event, the more people helping us out, the better this day will be for our future generation.”

Annually, the event averages roughly 100 volunteers, with 50 – 75 individuals working directly with the students. Some volunteers will be paired with students individually for assistance. There are several vendors that rely on volunteers to facilitate a positive learning environment to make sure students are having fun and staying safe.

“Volunteers play an important role to encourage students to participate in hands-on career demonstrations and ask employers questions that can help them understand job opportunities in their own backyard,” said GLOW With Your Hands Committee
member, Karyn Winters. “We are a volunteer-based event, the people involved are invested in the future of GLOW region students and want them to take advantage of this opportunity.”

Volunteers must be at least 18 years or older. Additional information and volunteer applications are available here:



Sponsors, led by businesses that have made hands-on impressions with hundreds of students, are once again stepping up to bring career exploration to GLOW With Your Hands.

Genesee Construction, LandPro Equipment, and National Grid will be platinum sponsors for GLOW With Your Hands 2022, which is coming back to the Genesee County Fairgrounds in Batavia on September 27th, 2022.

Launched in 2019, GLOW with Your Hands conducted the first hands-on career exploration event in which over 800 middle and high school students from 25 school districts in Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming counties learn about high-growth and high-demand career opportunities in agriculture, advanced manufacturing, and the skilled trades among others. 

“GLOW With Your Hands introduces students to careers that provide good paying jobs with excellent benefits and opportunities for growth that do not require 4 years of college and the expense of tuition that goes along with that,” said GCEDC Vice President of Business and Workforce Development, Chris Suozzi. “The bottom line is that dynamic and growing companies in the GLOW region need skilled workers now. Sponsors like Genesee Construction, LandPro Equipment, and National Grid have recognized this and make investments that improve students’ awareness and readiness in our region.”

As of May 10, GLOW With Your Hands 2022 has received sponsorships from 20 manufacturing, skilled trades, agriculture, and food and beverage companies across the GLOW region. A full list of 2022 and past sponsors is available at

“Our sponsors are one of the main reasons we have seen so much success and interest with GLOW With Your Hands these past few years,” said GLOW Workforce Development Board Executive Director, Jay Lazarony. “It is important for our students to be exposed to companies that offer career opportunities in their own backyard rather than thinking they have to move somewhere else for a career opportunity.”

Hundreds of students will once again experience hands on activities and demonstrations to enhance their understanding and interest in careers at companies within the GLOW region. Exhibits and workplace simulations will include demonstrations of mechatronics, welding, brick laying, electrical lineman work and others. Students will be able to learn about careers in food packaging, veterinary sciences, animal nutrition and commercial trucking. 

 “We want GLOW students to embrace and learn about their career options before they graduate from high school and our corporate partners provide these students a chance to experience a trade or skill they have not encountered before,” Suozzi continued.

















BATAVIA, NY – Workforce, business, education and economic development officials from across the GLOW region were joined by New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals Executive Director Melinda Mack today at the site of the construction of LandPro Equipment’s 50,000 square foot regional training facility to unveil details for the 4th Annual Glow With Your Hands career exploration festival which will take place at the Genesee County Fairground on Monday, September 27, 2022.


Officials associated with the 2022 GLOW With Your Hands Exposition anticipate over 1,000 students will be in attendance from school districts across the GLOW region. More than 45 vendors have already committed to participate featuring hands-on activities and simulations in the advanced manufacturing, agriculture, food production, skilled trades sectors as well as the various branches of the military.


“By collaborating with local businesses to learn what skills are needed for their future workforce we in turn can help the future pipeline of workers attain those skills through programs and initiatives like GLOW With Your Hands,” said Jay Lazarony, GLOW With Your Hands Co-Chair. “There is an immediate need for the next generation of skilled workers, and we are all working together to meet this demand.”


“The GLOW region has become a hub for workforce development because of events such as GLOW With Your Hands which provides hands-on experiences in growing and emerging fields that can lead to good paying career opportunities without students having to incur the cost of a college education,” said Chris Suozzi, GLOW With Your Hands co-chair.


Mack said the efforts of GLOW With Your Hands represent the impact that workforce development partnerships are having for the next generation of talent.


“GLOW With Your Hands is a model of how regional stakeholders are collaborating on workforce development initiatives that provide industries across many sectors with a pipeline of prospective skilled workers,” said Mack. “We are very passionate about workforce development, it is our goal to provide voice, knowledge, and accelerating progress in this field through events and initiatives like GLOW With Your Hands.”


NYATEP is comprised of New York State’s 33 local workforce development boards who oversee and coordinate over $300M of federal workforce funding, the State and City community college systems, literacy providers, community-based organizations, local governments, labor unions, economic development agencies, and career and technical education providers, among others.


Hosting the kick-off at an active construction site showcased the growing opportunities for skilled trades professionals. Officials thanked LandPro Equipment for being a founding sponsor and exhibitor to GLOW With Your Hands.


“Those of us involved in workforce development hear the same message from local manufacturers and businesses all the time about the critical need for a skilled workforce,” said Angela Grouse, GLOW With Your Hands school coordinator. “The resounding participation of manufacturers and businesses demonstrates the collaboration between the private and public sectors is working in filling this need.”


“We could not ask for a better time for our kickoff event as we continue with the construction of our 50,000 sq. ft. regional training center with sales, service, and training facilities,” said Molly Haungs, Marketing Manager, LandPro.  “In order to repair and maintain a large portfolio of John Deere Equipment we need workers with a specific set of skills because these machines use highly sophisticated electronics and other high-end controls.  We are finding that GLOW With Your Hands is truly making a difference and again, we are very pleased to once again be a part of this great initiative.”