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.


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

–Henry Adams

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! Look to your pacer guide to make sure you work with your community partner to schedule Be Proud! Be Responsible!​ curriculum.
Suzanne Donovan​ to learn more.

Health Teachers in Grades 9–12

Look to your pacer guide to ensure you integrate Reducing the Risk​ curriculum for all 9th graders. Remember, HOPE Buffalo can support you in your activities to implement Sessions 7 and 8, and to take your class on the visit to a local healthcare provider or make sure the HOPE Buffalo supported Mobile Health van is at your school for Session 9.

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 females aged 14-19.
Contact Girl Gang Entertainment​ for more information.


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!

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.