Each year, HOPE Buffalo offers funding to selected 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 strengthen referral and linkage to adolescent health and other supportive services, implement innovative activities, and a set of coordinated strategies to reduce teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections and increase optimal teen health for youth that reside in the following priority areas: 14206, 14211 & 14215.
This is a great opportunity to engage youth in civic action and make positive impact on
the city of Buffalo.
BESTSELF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH, INC.
They will use funds to support its Building Brighter Futures program, now being offered virtually. The program centers on positive youth development and empowerment, social-emotional learning, social connection, creative expression, career and college exploration, academic support, and making healthy choices.
BUFFALO CENTER FOR ARTS AND TECHNOLOGY, INC.
They will further its youth arts program using the funds to support a new program called “Exploring Identify through Mobile Phone Photography.”
CITY HONORS/FOSDICK MASTEN PARK FOUNDATION
They will provide hands-on learning opportunities to explore the connections between food, health, and the environment via the Pelion Garden.
CONFIDENT GIRL MENTORING PROGRAM, INC
They will use funds to support the development of a Confident Girl mobile app to provide another way to inspire hope and connectivity in girls.
They will use funds to support their Leaf it at the Table initiative, which allows Eastside Green to purchase the fresh produce for teenagers to purchase at a reduced price. This fresh produce also comes with education from dietitians. This program will be moving virtual, and the fund provided will support that.
ERIE 1 B.O.C.E.S.: LEAVING OUR LEGACY
They will use the funds to support their yearly youth-led event Legacy Sound and Fx. This World AIDS Day event is a youth-led event bringing together local artists in the community to showcase their talent. During the event, youth are offered H.I.V. and S.T.I. Testing and prevention education.
LA LIGA DE MUJERES HISPANAS
They will use the funds to further their healthy lifestyle program, which is a full-day event connecting Latinx youth who identify as female to tools and education in the areas of mental and physical health, diet, sleep, and finances.
LUTHERAN CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOR
They will support area youth to each deliver 30 acts of kindness across Buffalo during this summer. They will be supplemented with virtual programming.
THE FORCE FOR HEALTH® NETWORK
They will continue the development of a community-driven web application, which will be a fluid resource with local control to modify and update daily by HOPE Buffalo youth looking for services and/or community partners providing updates. This will enhance our Referral and Linkage system with opportunities for expansion.
POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE OF BUFFALO, INC
This organization will provide virtual summer fitness programming and will provide equipment to youth most at need.
PURSUE YOUR IT INC
They will use the funds to support Buffalo youth being enrolled in The Pursue Your It Project, which is an online program created for middle school and high school students that promotes health education, social-emotional learning, preventative health behavior development, and provides an opportunity for youth voices to be heard.
SUSTAINABLE HEALTH SOLUTIONS
They will use the information collected by Buffalo Public Schools in the Youth Risk Behavior Survey to develop communications for youth. Often the information collected isn’t relayed to students. Sustainable solutions will develop youth-focused messages for posters to be used in schools.
THE SHIFT & CREW L.L.C.
They will use funds to award scholarships to students pursuing a degree in S.T.E.A.M. Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math.
U.B. SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS
They will offer public health and health professions winter camp to expose high school students to opportunities in health fields. The goal is to help prepare and recruit high school students of color to public health and health profession careers and improve diversity among students seeking careers in public health and health professions at the University at Buffalo.
U.B. SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK
They will use the funding to provide incentives for youth to participate in focus groups that explore the obstacles Buffalo youth experience when trying to exercise their sexual rights and access to sexual resources (e.g., getting the sexual health care and support that New York State law promises them).
WEST SIDE COMMUNITY SERVICES
They will enhance their mentoring program, which provides support for academics, exploration of interests such as art, music, and sports and support with behavior management and social skills, as well as exposure and learning of new cultures, personalities, and experiences.
NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITY SERVICES
MOCA is a discussion based mentoring program to empower youth to take control of their sexual health. This workshop series is for youth led by their Peer Educators Empowering People, PEEPs, program and is open to high school students between the ages of 14-18 years old. This is a 8 week discussion series for youth that will take place virtually every Monday from October 26th through December 14th.
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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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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