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Youth Programs

Programs providing educational services to immigrant and refugee children and teens.

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Buffalo Beginnings

Buffalo State Community Action Center

After-school program to provide newcomer youth warm and friendly transitional arrival at Buffalo Public Schools.

Address

214 Grant St. 
Buffalo, NY 14213  

Contact

Win Min Thant, Education Coordinator
(716) 878-3289

Burmese, Karen, and Nepali Bilingual Staff

Cost

Free

Hours

Monday - Thursday
2:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
 

Buffalo Community Parent Resource Center

Parent Network of WNY

Parent Network of WNY provides education and resources for families of individuals with special needs (birth through adulthood) and for professionals, through resources, workshops and support groups, to empower individuals with disabilities to reach their full potential.

Address

1000 Main St.
Buffalo, NY 14202

Contact

Kim Lennert Walek

Spanish Bilingual Staff

Language Services Available For Other Languages

Eligibility

Western New York resident

Cost

Free

Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
By appointment or walk-in

Buffalo Public Multilingual Parent Drop-in Center

Buffalo State Community Action Center

The monthly parent drop-in program provides refugee and immigrant parents with six translators to address school and family issues related to their children's education.  The Refugee School Impact Program through Journey's End Refugee Services will provide interpreters in the languages of Arabic, Karen, Burmese, Somali, Mai-Mai, Nepali, and Spanish to assist with any concerns/questions multilingual parents might have about their child's school.

Address

214 Grant St. 
Buffalo, NY 14213  

Contact

Win Min Thant, Education Coordinator
(716) 878-3289

Burmese, Karen, and Nepali Bilingual Staff

Cost

Free

Hours

By appointment only

ENERGY Literacy for Children

Westminster Economic Development Initiative

ENERGY Literacy for Children creates a caring environment where students gain self confidence by improving their English language skills. Educational support is provided with an emphasis on reading, writing, and speaking English for ESL students who live on the West Side of Buffalo.

Address

724 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14209

Contact

Carol Greetham, Director ENERGY Literacy for Children
(716) 507-8216

Eligibility

Children ages 6-12 or 1st - 6th grade

Cost

Free

Hours

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
By appointment only 

Great Results Always Start with Parents (G.R.A.S.P.)

International School - P.S. 45 (Buffalo Public School)

Free ESL and citizenship classes for parents/relatives of children who attend any Buffalo Public School. Designed as a support service for adult refugees or immigrants who want to improve their ability to speak, listen, read, and write in English and/or to prepare for the U.S. Citizenship test.  

Address

International School- P.S. #45
15 Hoyt St.
Buffalo, NY 14213

Contact

Nicole Nichter or Mary Priester, Buffalo Public Schools Teachers
(716) 816-3300

Eligibility

Adult refugees or immigrants who are parents/relatives of children who attend any Buffalo Public school 

Cost

Free

Hours

Tuesday - Thursday
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  
By appiontment or walk-in 

Refugee Parent Support Program

Jewish Family Service of Buffalo & Erie County

The Refugee Parent Support Program uses Incredible Years program to strengthen interactions between parent and child, nurture parent-child relationships, reduce negative discipline, and foster parents' ability to promote their children's linguistic, academic, social, and emotional development.

Address

70 Barker St.
Buffalo, NY 14209 

Contact

Angela Spengler, Lead Parent Educator
(716) 883-1914 x332

Arabic Bilingual Staff

Language Support for Other Languages Available

Eligibility

Open to all parents

Cost

Free

Hours

Monday - Tuesday
8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

By appointment or walk-in

Refugee School Impact Program

Journey's End Refugee Services

RSIP is a transition and education support program for new and existing refugee students attending Buffalo Public Schools. Academic coaches provide academic, transitional, and social recreational services. Training classes are provided to parents to assist with school engagement.

Address

2495 Main St., Suite 317
Buffalo, NY 14214

Contact

Donna Pepero, Director of Education
(716) 783-5976

Burmese, Karen, Nepali, and Somali Bilingual Staff

Language Services Available For Other Languages

Eligibility

Refugee students ages 5-21

Cost

Free

Hours

By appointments only