WHAT IS HOPE BUFFALO?

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.

HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE?

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 totake the HOPE Buffalo pledge today!

HOW WILL WE DO IT?

With community input, HOPE Buffalo has developed a four-point plan to achieve our goal, by implementing:

1

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

2

Referral and linkage system to identify teens in need of reproductive, behavioral and support services and linking them to teen-affirming, community-based providers

3

Social media and social marketing to promote community awareness and social norms associated with positive youth outcomes

4

A youth and community-driven approach that empowers and promotes ownership of the plan by the Buffalo community

CALENDAR & EVENTS

Below is a list of upcoming HOPE Buffalo events. Please click on the event you’d like to attend to register.

 

AUGUST​ COMMUNITY ACTION TEAM MEETING

AUGUST 26, 2021

3:00-4:30 pm

Register Here


DECEMBER​ COMMUNITY ACTION TEAM MEETING

DECEMBER 9, 2021

3:00-4:30 pm

Register Here


APRIL COMMUNITY ACTION TEAM MEETING

APRIL 28, 2022

3:00-4:30 pm

Register Here


OCTOBER​ COMMUNITY ACTION TEAM MEETING

OCTOBER 28, 2021

9:00-10:30 am

Register Here

 

FEBRUARY​ COMMUNITY ACTION TEAM MEETING

FEBRUARY 24, 2022

3:00-4:30 pm

Register Here


JUNE​ COMMUNITY ACTION TEAM MEETING

JUNE 23, 2022

3:00-4:30 pm

Register Here

saVE THE dATE

Sexual health education program

SEPTEMBER 2021

Buffalo Midwifery Services: Navigating the Law of Attraction, a sexual health education program for youth will begin in September.


Public Service Announcements program

FALL 2021

Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology will begin their Public Service Announcements Program.


COMMUNITY GARDEN OPEN

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.


GUITAR/MUSIC CLASSES

SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER 2021

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.


GIRL GANG ENTERTAINMENT: POP 'N' PLAY

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

JANUARY 2022

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)

October-December 2021

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.


MOST VALUABLE PARENTS OF BUFFALO PROGRAM

August-December 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.


PURSUE YOUR IT: ONLINE PROGRAM

Fall 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.


WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

September-December 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

Fall 2021

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.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

We are diverse. We are stronger together. HOPE Buffalo has forged partnerships with stakeholders that are committed to helping our teens succeed:

RESOURCES

DATA DASHBOARD

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.

LOGIC MODEL

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.

View full logic model.

Referral guide

A teen-friendly tool that provides comprehensive information to help youth find the right health center

Click here to download the pocket size version

Click here to download the half-page size version

Innovative Partners

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.

TAKE THE PLEDGE

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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