Our Youth Program comprises both high-quality, after school and summer camp programs. These programs focus primarily on inner city children attending the Buffalo School District and Buffalo charter schools. These programs are operated through very effective collaborations with Child and Adolescent Treatment Services, the Buffalo School District, Every Person Influences Children, and other program partners.
Since July 2013, we have operated the Gloria J. Parks 21st Century Community Learning Centers program for 175 unduplicated youth each year. During the school year our after school program runs 2:30 to 6:00 p.m. from early October to early June for grades 1 to 8. Our Summer Camp runs 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for six weeks in July and August.
We have two overall goals for our Youth Program:
- Enhance the academic achievement of our participating youth and increase their ability to choose positive behaviors in home, school, and the community, and
- Increase the involvement of family in academic, community, and life development.
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers program offers children academic enrichment, arts, Science/Technology/Engineering/Math (STEM), health, technology, social/emotional development exercises, college and career awareness, and athletics. Our after school and summer programs provide homework help and academic skill-building activities that align with the New York State Common Core curricular standards and the Buffalo Public schools academic plan. In addition we partner with other organizations to provide parent enrichment seminars that build literacy, social, and recreational skills.
We also believe that children need balanced nutritious food to perform their best. During the summer, our children receive breakfast and lunch from the Buffalo Public School Summer Meals Program. We served healthy snacks produced in-house for the after school program in the 2013 -2014 school year. Beginning in 2014 we were approved by the New York State Department of Health to receive financial support for serving hot nutritious dinners through a vended caterer. Our children have been enthusiastic about receiving balanced, hot dinners after their homework period each day.
With the dedicated coordinator from the VISTA program we are developing a volunteer program to channel the talent and time of local college students into tutoring our children during the after school program.
After School Program
During the week, the Gloria J. Parks After-school Program offers a variety of enrichment activities. Some of these activities are:
- Group Games
- Video Gaming
- Community Service/Volunteering
Each of these activities are aimed at intellectual stimulation and personal growth. We are pleased to be able to offer as many quality programs as possible to not only the youth of the University District Area, but to all youth within the City of Buffalo.
For more information about this program please feel free to contact us below or stop into the Gloria J. Parks Community Center.