HOPE Buffalo a project of Cicatelli Associates Inc (CAI). funded by the Office of Population Affairs (OPA) is the community-wide movement for optimal teen health and wellbeing—a youth and community-led collaborative of diverse stakeholders, teens and adults working together to reduce teen pregnancy and STI rates and increase optimal teen health.
HOPE Buffalo values Health, Opportunity, Prevention and Education for teens. We respect their right to grow into the adults they want to be, to make their own decisions and set their own goals about their health and future.
In a caring community, we all have the chance to a make positive impact on our youth. It is everyone’s responsibility to care for our teens’ health. No matter where you fit in the community, you can play a vital role in the HOPE Buffalo pledge.
Click on the links below to read more about how you can participate, and scroll down to take the HOPE Buffalo pledge today!
With community input, HOPE Buffalo has developed a four-point plan to achieve our goal, by implementing:
Evidence-based Interventions that reach up to 2,779 teens annually in school, community-based and healthcare provider settings to ensure teens have the knowledge, information and skills necessary to make healthy decisions about relationships and sex, and stay engaged in school
Referral and linkage system to identify teens in need of reproductive, behavioral and support services and linking them to teen-affirming, community-based providers
Social media and social marketing to promote community awareness and social norms associated with positive youth outcomes
A youth and community-driven approach that empowers and promotes ownership of the plan by the Buffalo community
Below is a list of upcoming HOPE Buffalo events. Please click on the event you’d like to attend to register.
Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology will begin their Public Service Announcements Program.
AUGUST- NOVEMBER 2021
Canisius College developed a 20-bed community garden in a vacant lot on 1635 Jefferson Avenue, between Florida Street and Northland Avenue starting August 2nd and concluding November 12th.
The Hispanic Heritage Council Guitar Initiative will be offering guitar/music classes and a workshop that teaches children how to build musical instruments from recycled material. Classes will begin on Monday, September 27th, and will meet weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and conclude on December 9th with a student concert.
ONGOING SEPTEMBER 2021
An event series that increase access to STI screening, knowledge of STI prevention, and normalization of sexual health and identities, will be held each month virtually via Facebook Live starting September 2021.
FULGAM MH SERVICES
Fulgham MH Practice: A private mental health practice that services ages 12 and up via telehealth with mental health medication management will begin providing services on January 1st, 2022
NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITY SERVICES PEER EDUCATORS EMPOWERING PEOPLE (PEEPs)
NACS will be facilitating the Mentoring Our Community Attitudes program, a discussion-based curriculum that aims to provide youth with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to make responsible decisions for sexual health, and to empower their peers to do the same.
Open to high school students aged 14-18. They will also facilitate a Mini-Conference that will be open to the Buffalo community. This program will be held from October to December 2021.
YOUTH OPPORTUNITY CONNECT PROGRAMING
July 12th to August 20th, 2021
Police Athletic League are offering youth entering grades 7-12 6-weeks of free curriculum that emphasizes the importance of educating youth, ages 13-19, about physical health as well as social/emotional health and well-being. Activities will include resume writing, workforce development, college campus field trips, etc. This program will be held on weekdays from July 12th to August 20th, 2021.
MVP of Buffalo Life Skills and Drills Program engages participants in an intensive workshop series that addresses the reality of gang affiliation, equips participants with proven strategies to negate peer pressure, and builds character through team dynamics. This program will run from August to December 2021.
An online program created for middle school and high school students. PYIP promotes health education, social-emotional learning, health preventative behavior development, and provides an opportunity for the student voice to be heard. The PYIP will run throughout the Fall of 2021 and be completed by December 21, 2021.
Fostering Greatness Inc. will be offering a workforce development program that offers pre-apprenticeship training specifically for the foster care population. Recruitment will be ongoing for the rest of the year. The first Cohort of the Pre-Apprenticeship Program will begin September 1st and conclude in December.
SHIFTING GEARS UNLIMITED
JULY 2021-JUNE 2022
From July 2021 to June 2022, Shifting Gears Unlimited will be purchasing supplies necessary to assist our youth in achieving their academic and career goals through journal writing, vision boards, and field trips.
YOUTH SEXUAL RIGHTS WORKSHOP
UB Capable Girls: Voicing Youth Sexual Rights: The Youth Sexual Rights Workgroup is working to implement a Youth Sexual Rights Statement in Buffalo. They will be hosting a community summit on youth sexual rights in the late fall.
We are diverse. We are stronger together. HOPE Buffalo has forged partnerships with stakeholders that are committed to helping our teens succeed:
Please take a look at the HOPE Buffalo Data Dashboard to learn more about teen pregnancy rates and teen birth rates in New York State, Buffalo and the three selected zip codes in our community.
HOPE Buffalo’s goal is mobilize the Buffalo community to reduce rates of teen pregnancy, STIs and promote optimal teen health. To learn more about our multi-pronged plan to achieve this goal, click on the logic model below.
A teen-friendly tool that provides comprehensive information to help youth find the right health center
Each year, HOPE Buffalo offers seed funding to a selection of innovative, youth-serving organizations that promote positive youth development, engagement and adolescent health in the Buffalo Community.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to be creative, think outside the box, and propose activities that showcase youth skills, talents, and interest, including the arts.
This is a great opportunity to engage youth in civic action and make a positive impact on the city of Buffalo.
As a member of the Buffalo community, I commit to the aspirations of the HOPE Buffalo initiative to help our teens grow into the adults they want to be. Collectively, we can build a promising future for the City of Buffalo!
60 Hedley Pl
Buffalo, NY 14208
716-346.3006 ext 705
The project described was supported by Grant Number1 TP1AH000213-01-00 from the HHS Office of Population Affairs. Contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Department of Health and Human Services or the Office of Population Affairs.
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