Ryan Bizzarro for PA House 3
Throughout his career, Ryan Bizzarro has served the Erie community with demonstrated leadership, forward-thinking strategies, and detailed execution. Each point in his career has taught him invaluable lessons about the greater needs of the Erie community. Currently, Ryan creates sales and business development initiatives for the Erie County Convention Center Authority (ECCCA). These initiatives are integrated strategies, crafted with the sole purpose of bringing business to Erie and fostering long-term, multi-dimensional partnerships with organizations statewide that have a positive economic impact on our community. Through his work with the ECCCA, Ryan considers the needs of large organizations with those of local small businesses by designing proposals that encourage clients to invest locally.
Ryan began his career as the victim/witness coordinator and advocate for the Office of the Erie County District Attorney and the Crime Victim Center, where he identified and streamlined processes where few existed before. Originally, the belabored victim and witness notification process often resulted in duplicating services and resources, costing time and money. Ryan worked with the attorneys and developed new protocols to assist victims of crimes in a more efficient manner and helped ease victim frustration with the criminal justice system.
Ryan continued to pursue opportunities where he could be of service to those in the community. As a behavioral health specialist at McKinley Elementary school, Ryan initiated school-wide programs focused on bullying and community awareness in an effort to identify common problems among students and facilitate an open dialogue. He coordinated efforts with state and local social services and government agencies regarding cases of child abuse, social work cases, and additional third party support programs.
Soon, Ryan found himself in the classroom, getting the students interested in government and about the people who have a true effect on their lives. Teachers noticed the students were more engaged when Ryan was in the classroom, so he collaborated with the teachers to hold mock elections and other activities that would continue to interest students. It wasn’t long, however, until Ryan noticed patterns in most at-risk students’ behavior. After speaking with the school principal, Ryan proposed bringing in a local organization known for its success at mentoring at-risk youth–the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) organization. He worked with McKinley teachers and BBBS to implement a program to give students positive role models, not only to do actiivites with students, but to instill in them a sense of citizenship, specifically about playing a positive role within the community. Ryan continued to go above and beyond for the students, and by the end of the first year of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in conjunction with other initiatives he led by Ryan, the school saw a reduction in the number of behavior and delinquency incidents by more than 25 percent.
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