Family Court building in downtown Buffalo.

Lynlee’s Bio

  • Major: Psychology/Social Sciences Interdisciplinary, Social Work
  • Hometown: Clifton Park, New York

A passion for making a difference is something that has been with Lynlee Barbour for as long as she can remember.

In fact, in high school, she served on the board of a non-profit organization which coordinated the efforts of a number of social service agencies. Through that organization, she was able to do her part, working at runaway shelter for teens. “I guess this sort of thing has always been in my blood.”

“I am a staff member there, as equal as everybody else. I’ve had in-depth experience working on everything from a fifteen-year-old on his first arrest to a guy who has been in and out of the system for thirty years.”

So it’s no surprise that Lynlee chose to attend UB. From the moment she first visited campus, she knew UB was different, the kind of school where students were engaged with the world around them: “It was just that there were so many different activities that you could do here.” She saw posters for well-known organizations like Habitat for Humanity, but she also saw flyers for smaller, more grassroots local efforts like Buffalo ReUse, which really caught her eye. “I wanted something else,” she says, “and UB had that.”

Lynlee studying.

Since enrolling, the academic flexibility at UB has fit right in with Lynlee Barbour’s worldview: “I’ve always been fascinated by the connection between psychology and social work, and UB allows me to explore both.’ UB also offered her the opportunity to get started on applying what she’s learned in class to real-life situations. As an intern in the C.O.U.R.T.S. program in Buffalo City Court, Lynnlee helps recommend alternatives to incarceration for people who show the desire and potential to turn their lives around.

Lynlee helping a classmate.

“I am a staff member there, as equal as everybody else. I’ve had in-depth experience working on everything from a fifteen-year-old on his first arrest to a guy who has been in and out of the system for thirty years.”

Lynlee has always been fascinated by the judicial process (her father is an attorney), and she’s appreciated the unique opportunities this program has offered her. “I get to see the entire process,” she says “I met a number of judges last week, and even sat on the bench with one of them.” However, she’d like to take a less traditional path to a career in criminal justice: “I don’t want to be a practicing attorney, but I’d really like to have my law degree and be involved in the court system.”

Last updated: November 10, 2014 4:58 pm EST