SBPLI Alumni Justin Greene Honored as One of Long Island’s “30 Under 30”

Monday, August 24, 2015

[Kings Park, NY] — School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) alumni and former Student Ambassador Justin Greene was recently recognized as one of Long Island’s “30 Under 30” by The Huntington Chamber of Commerce. A previous member of SBPLI’s Half Hollow Hills FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Team #3624, the Thundercolts, Mr. Greene is entering his sophomore year at Ohio State University’s Fisher Business School. Recalling his time with SBPLI, he was inspired to increase the robotics initiatives at his college and the neighboring school districts.

Nominated for the award by an SBPLI judge from the FIRST competition, Mr. Greene, who is 19, was the youngest winner in 2015 and the second-youngest person to ever receive this honor. He received the award as a result of his dedication to SBPLI, FIRST, his current and former communities and the Half Hollow Hills School District, including his current role as a counselor at Park Shore Country Day Camp, which raises funds for SBPLI.

While on the Thundercolts, Mr. Greene attended the FIRST World Championship as part of a Rookie All-Star FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team, and organized sponsor relationships for Park Shore Country Day Camp and School, among others. He furthered his leadership skills as a student ambassador in the Development Council of SBPLI, where he helped raise funds, design and run expansion campaigns across Long Island. Mr. Greene was also asked to speak to 1,000 attendees at SBPLI’s FIRST Long Island Regionals last year, at which he was honored as a FIRST Dean’s List finalist. He then continued on to the FIRST National Competition.

Mr. Greene credits the skills and honors he acquired participating in SBPLI’s FIRST Robotics competitions for giving him the ambition and successful enterprising necessary to promote the program at the collegiate level. In his freshman year, Mr. Greene became a member of the Ohio State University FIRST Robotics Mentor Team, a role in which mentors FIRST team members in high schools throughout Ohio. He also began lobbying for the creation of a student organization on the Ohio State campus that would represent the university’s competitive team, much like the Central Ohio Robotics Initiative (CORI) does for regional FIRST competitions statewide. Toward the end of the school year, Mr. Greene led an expansion project that introduced Pennsylvania State University students to FIRST in an effort to initiate a Big Ten collegiate conference division for the organization.   

 “FIRST Robotics is unique because, while it is a competition for robot building, it also teaches life lessons and provides the platform for young and motivated students to collaborate, bond and gain perspective in the industry,” says Mr. Greene. “SBPLI especially provided me with the encouragement I needed to socialize and network with my peers. My participation and passion in FIRST has shown me just how fortunate I have been to be involved and how essential it is for me to remain so as an alumnus. I believe that every SBPLI student stands to gain technical and business skills through the organization, so I will do everything possible to continue to spread the program to colleges nationwide.”

Mr. Greene returns this fall to Ohio State University, where he plans to join the ice hockey and flag football teams, in addition to rushing the fraternity Zeta Beta Tau (ZBT). He will also continue to promote his FIRST initiatives to universities and grade schools throughout the states of Ohio and Pennsylvania. 

For more information about SBPLI, visit www.sbpli.org.

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About School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc.

School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) was founded in 1984 by Fred Breithut with the goal of developing partnerships between local high schools and businesses that would provide students with practical experience and curriculum development, while helping the business community develop its future workforce. Over 100 partnerships have been formed. In 1999, SBPLI brought the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition to Long Island, in which eight high school teams participated. Since then, the Long Island Regional FIRST Robotics Competition has grown to 50 teams competing each year. SBPLI also hosts Long Island’s annual FIRST LEGO League Qualifying and Championship Tournaments and the Junior FIRST LEGO League Expo, in which almost 2,000 elementary and middle school students from Nassau and Suffolk Counties take part each year. For more information, visit www.sbpli.org.

ABOUT FIRST

Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $16 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC® ) for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL® ) for Grades 4-8; and Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr. FLL®) for Grades K-3. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org.