Education, Mentoring, and Tutoring Sites

Bethel Head Start, INC
1485 Jefferson Ave., Buffalo, NY 14208 
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1424 Jefferson Ave., Buffalo, NY 14208 
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Contact: Linda Wright 
Phone: 716-878-0220, ext 117 
Days and Times: vary 
About: Bethel Head Start, INC runs ten early childhood programs throughout Erie County. They also have an established collaborative relationship with Buffalo Board of Education Universal Pre-K. Each classroom is staffed with a degree-holding, certified teacher that works with students to prepare students for kindergarten and to promote necessary language, cognitive, and early reading skills to ensure academic success.
Service Opportunities: Assist classroom teachers working in early education with Pre-K and Kindergarten students. Working with students on fine motor skills, behavior management, and arts & crafts.
Memo: In order to do service here students are required to fill out an application and have had a physical exam and TB test within the past year.


Boys and Girls Club of Buffalo
ContactKris Hochulski
Phone: 716-873-9842 
About: Since 1926, Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo has been in the forefront of youth development, working with young people from disadvantaged economic, social, and family circumstances. They have actively sought to enrich the lives of girls and boys whom other youth agencies failed to reach and are dedicated to ensuring that our community's disadvantaged youngsters have greater access to quality programs and services that will enhance their lives and shape their futures. Today, Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo serves 4,000 youth between the ages of 5-21. It is not only a place where youth can come and hang out after school, but a safe haven that allows them to develop into young adults with the necessary skills and sense of self to succeed in the real world.
Service Opportunities: Work with the youth ages 5-17 in educational, social, and athletic activities.  Provide group supervision and interaction to youth as they interact with one another during various activities.

Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School
190 Franklin Street Buffalo, NY 14202
Contact: Joy Blake
Phone: 716-854-2490
About: The Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School (BASCS) is a tuition-free, college preparatory charter school for grades 7th through 12th dedicated to providing quality education to a diverse body of students in the Buffalo region of New York State. Located in the heart of Buffalo’s downtown business/government sector, BASCS continually provides a rigorous, innovative and enhanced curriculum – highlighting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) – in order to prepare students for successful futures in the global environment. BASCS maintains high expectations for students and provides varied opportunities for students to gain skills necessary to be competitive in the 21st century marketplace.
Service Opportunities: Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School is a school that services grades 7-12. School is looking for tutors to help out students in the following subjects. Alegbra, Geometry, Chemistry, Global History, 7th grade math, 8th grade math.  Also have a high ESL population. Would like to have tutors that could help support these students in any subject as well.

ENERGY Program @ Westminster Presbyterian Church 
724 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209-2294
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Contact: Carol Greetham
Days and Times: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 4:20pm - 6:30pm. Transportation provided for a limited number of students, please contact Leah Biddle.
About: ENERGY is an after-school program, which provides educational support and mentoring to children of Buffalo's West Side. The ENERGY program is designed to strengthen children's learning skills and to encourage their personal responsibility. Their objectives are to promote educational achievement, foster confidence, support social and emotional growth, and cultivate good citizens within the community. 
Service Opportunities:
-ENERGY serves students in grades 2-6.
-Assist students, in tutoring, homework, study skills
-Assist in organizing and running school store(pricing materials, organizing items, buying items)
-Service-Learning students are asked to bring their enthusiasm to work with students as a:
  • Cook                   
  • Activity Leader             
  • Mentor            
  • Drama
  • Tutor
  • Music
  • Storytelling     

Gerard Place: Transitional Housing Program For Homeless Single Parent Families 
2515 Bailey Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14215 
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Contact: Karen Kasperek, MS, MPA 
Phone: (716) 897-9948 x112 
Notes: Tuesday through Thursday 
Times: 8:30am-4:30pm
About: Gerard Place provides support and transitional housing for single-parent families that have experienced the pain of poverty, homelessness, and/or domestic/substance abuse. The agency provides individuals with a number of services designed to empower individuals through education, employment, vocational training, life skill classes and counseling. Residents are not given a "hand out," they are earning a "hand up."
Service Opportunities: Students will assist with direct supervision of infants and small children during the after-school youth program. Students will also assist in the maintenace of storage room as well office help, and general facility house keeping.  Students have the opportunity to assist Gerard Place staff with any client related needs, and particpating in life skills presentations. Students will work with Gerard Place staff to create programming for the children and assist with events such as parties or trips into the community. Each student will have to attend a 3-4 hour required training “Protecting God’s Children” so as to meet babies’ needs effectively and safely.

Literacy Center at Canisius
2001 Main Street Canisius College
Health Science Building, room 113A Buffalo, NY 14208
Contact: Sunnie Bifarella, Graduate Assistant
Phone: 716-888-3728
Days and Times: Saturdays, 10am-11am, Wednesday 3-4:30
Service Opportunities:
-Assisting children and teens with reading and writing.
-Tutors will work one-on-one with a child under the direct supervision of a teacher with expertise in reading.

The Nativity Miguel Middle Schools of Buffalo 
(One School on Two Campuses)
St. Augustine Campus for Young Men 
21 Davidson Ave Buffalo, NY 14215                                                   
Contact: Nancy Langer, President                                                        
Phone: 716-984-5146(cell) or716-836-5188(office)                                      
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St. Monica Campus for Young Women
26 Wright Ave Buffalo, NY 14215
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Contact: Nancy Langer, President 
Phone: 716-984-5146(cell) or 716-852-6854(office)    
About: Nativity Miguel Middle School of Buffalo is dedicated to providing middle school students at risk of academic failure with the character, strength and skills they need to graduate from high school, attend college and become successful members of our community. Their mission is to provide motivated, low-income students with the opportunity to graduate from high school in a setting that will prepare them for college. This is accomplished through a strong middle-school program that includes skilled and dedicated teachers, extended school days and school year, small, single-gender classes and ongoing support through high school graduation.
Service Opportunities:
After school program
- tutoring includes reading, writing, basic math, phonics, decoding and comprehension  
- take turns reading a book located in the school's library; Combine reading a book with a lesson on vocabulary 
- recreational activities such as sports, music, art 
Science Firsthand
- partner with 2-3 students to engage in hands on science exploration 
- A Science Firsthand manager supervises the program and meetings, and helps mentors develop the investigations 

Our Lady of Hope Home School
(St. Luke's Mission of Mercy)
325 Walden ave., Buffalo, NY 14211
Contact: Pamela Krzanowicz 
Phone: (716) 560-3695
About: St. Luke's Mission of Mercy served its first meal on Buffalo's East Side in August 1994, and in 2004 they opened a new school in order to provide a quality, Christ-centered education for the children that live in the community. The school provides numerous opportunities for its K-8 students through its after school programs, field trips, and other initiatives, and is open to anyone in the community. 
Service Opportunities:
-Work with students ages 5-12
-Provide classroom assistance and tutoring all subjects
-Help to teach art based classes to various grade levels
-School and After School Program 11am-4pm

P.S. 17
156 Delevan Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14211
Contact: Dalicia Simmons
Categories: Education, ESL and Financial Literacy
Service opportunities: 
Assisting in classrooms:
- Math (small groups for reinforcement)
- English
- Reading
- Art
- Physical Education
- Help is also needed in the cafeteria from 11:10 am to 1:10 pm to role model positive behavior and to build relationships.
Note: A service-learner will not ever be alone with school students because she or he will not have been fingerprinted by the center.
P.S. 74: Hamlin Park
126 Donaldson Rd., Buffalo, NY 14208 
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Contact: Kristopher Stiles, Mary Beth Zanghi
Phone: 716-955-0845
About: PS 74 serves a population of largely poor, underrepresented students in Buffalo, and is at risk for becoming a low-achieving school. The school strives to best serve its students to make them prepared, productive, and positive in order to become college and career ready.
Service Opportunities: Tutor grades 1-8 in all subjects including: math, science, history, and ELA.  Students would be assisting in the classroom and some opportunity for afterschool tutoring as well.

P.S. 301: Burgard High School
400 Kensington Ave, Buffalo, NY 14214 
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Contact: Mary E. Ross, School Counselor 
Phone: 716-816-4450 
About: Burgard High School was designated a low-achieving school in 2010, and has remained so ever since. The school is undergoing a transformation process mandated by the City of Buffalo that is injecting funding into the school in order to better serve the students there through the creation of a career and technical institute for the students and through the partnering with area businesses and colleges. 
Service Opportunities: Tutor grades 9-12 in a variety of possible subjects 

Universal School of Buffalo (Islamic)
1957 Genesee St, Buffalo, NY 14211 
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Contact: Assiyia Ali 
Phone: 716-597-0102x134
About: With the emergence of Islamic Schools in metropolitan areas similar in size to the Greater Buffalo area, a definite pattern of success and academic excellence has been observed.  Following the example of other communities, a committed group of Muslims began to dedicate their time and efforts in making this school a reality.  Though serious talks have been ongoing for many years, the 1998 year marked the beginning for researching, developing and implementing stages for Universal. The hard work and time was well spent and on September 4, 2001, Universal School opened its doors for the first time.  In 2008, Universal School became a fully accredited K-8 school through the Middle States Association on Elementary Schools. 
Service Opportunities:  
-Event planning
-Support learning in the after school program
-Special program support
**All of these opportunities will give Canisius students a chance to learn more about Arabic culture and the people of Middle-Eastern origin. 

YMCA Buffalo-Niagara (Ellicot-Masten Family YMCA)
585 William St., Buffalo, NY 14206 
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Contact: Greg Gamble 
Phone: 716-845-5440 
About: As the second-oldest YMCA in the country, established in 1852, YMCA Buffalo Niagara has a long history of serving all people in Western New York, people of all races, religions, incomes, and abilities. YMCA Buffalo Niagara is a charitable, community based organization committed to providing programs designed to build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. YMCA Buffalo Niagara does not turn anyone away due to an inability to pay. Each year thousands of people in Western New York benefit from financial assistance from the YMCA. Annually, more than 15,000 children and families will benefit from the Strong Kids Campaign, providing financial aid for people who wish to participate in YMCA programs such as school age child care and summer camp, or to purchase a membership. The YMCA Buffalo-Niagara serves more than 100,000 youths, families, and seniors annually
Service Opportunities: tutoring youth in a variety of subjects (math, science, reading, languages, etc.)