HOPE Buffalo is the communitywide pledge for teen health—a youth and community-led collaborative of diverse stakeholders, teens and adults, working together to promote equitable access to high-quality and comprehensive sexuality education and reproductive health services.
We value Health, Opportunity, Prevention and Education and believe that teens have the right to grow into the adults they want to be—whatever that means for them. We respect their right to make their own decisions and set their own goals about their health and future. And we will support them with an open door, an open ear, an open mind, and an open heart.
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.
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 15,000 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
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 nine selected zip codes in our community.
HOPE Buffalo’s goal is to reduce teen pregnancy by 30 percent by 2020. 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
Below is a list of upcoming HOPE Buffalo events. Please click on the event you’d like to attend to register.
Overview: Laina Bay-Cheng will offer an overview of philosopher Martha Nussbaum’s Capabilities Approach and how it can be used to redirect attention of youth sexuality away from individual risk and responsibility and instead toward social justice for marginalized youth.
8:30 AM – 9:25 AM: Evidence-Based Interventions & Healthcare Providers Action Groups (closed to the public)
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM: Large Group CAT (open to the public)
More information coming soon
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!
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This publication was made possible by Grant number 6 TP1AH000106-03-01 from the HHS Office of Adolescent Health. 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 Adolescent Health.
CAI in partnership with the Erie County Department of Health received a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) to focus on improving the lives and opportunities for adolescents by facilitating and resourcing a community-driven response to reduce teen pregnancy in nine selected zip codes in Buffalo.
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