Hope Buffalo and the Role of TEACHERS AND EDUCATORS

Possibly the most critical element to success within school is the nurturing relationship developed between a student and a caring adult. Great teachers and educators can change students’ lives in many ways. As a teacher, your dual role as expert and caring adult gives you a unique connection to our community’s youth that can shape their future. We know that you need support to provide that connection.

what can you do?


Charter, Private and Parochial School Teachers

Contact Project Manager Louis Dangelo Jr., MCHES®to learn more about how you can participate.

Health Teachers in Grades 7 and 8

We’ve got you covered! Work with your community partner to schedule the Be Proud! Be Responsible!​ program.
For Buffalo Public Schools, please contact
Mai Nguyen​ to learn more.

Health Teachers in Grades 9–12

Look to your pacer guide to ensure you integrate Reducing the Risk​ program for all high school health students. Remember, HOPE Buffalo can support you in your activities to implement Sessions 7 and 8, and to take your class on a visit to a local healthcare provider or make sure the HOPE Buffalo supported Mobile Health van is at your school for Session 9.
For Buffalo Public Schools, please contact Mai Nguyen to learn more.

For Non-Health Teachers
Seventeen Days Interactive is an evidence-based interactive film created by Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Risk Perception and Communication and designed to educate young women about contraception and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The target audience is adolescent aged 14-19 who do not identify as male.
Contact Girl Gang Entertainment​ for more information.


"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."

–Henry Adams


We are here for you, too. Your leadership in establishing expectations for participating in teacher professional development, linking with community-based organizations to deliver Be Proud! Be Responsible! and ensuring every high school student gets an opportunity to participate in Reducing the Risk, is vital. Look out for HOPE Buffalo agenda items on future principal meeting agendas.


Parents are engaged as well! There is clear evidence that the child-rearing practices, attitudes, values and parent behavior influence a child. Parents of children in grades 8–12 will have an opportunity to attend a series of parenting workshops that will complement the classroom evidence-based intervention.

Community Partners and Providers


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!

741 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

716-346.3006 ext 705

The project described was supported by Grant Number 5 TP1AH000213-02-00 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.