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New York State Network for Youth Success

The New York State Network for Youth Success is dedicated to building a youth-serving system that increases the quality and availability of afterschool and expanded learning programs. The Network for Youth Success supports all programs that promote young people’s intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development outside the traditional school day. These programs include those that serve youth in kindergarten through 12th grade, take place in schools and/or in community-based settings, and occur before and after school, during weekends, holidays, and summer breaks, or during the school day through partnerships with community organizations. The Network for Youth Success convenes partners and coordinates them around a common agenda focused on partnership development, policy development, and capacity building all with a lens of justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Network connects practice with policy across a broad range of state, regional, and local partners that represent the afterschool, expanded learning, community schools, and youth development fields broadly. Our partners and stakeholders include: Public agency leadership Elected officials Policymakers Program providers Community members Leaders from the nonprofit sector Advocates and advocacy groups Members of the philanthropic community Intermediary organizations Capacity building providers Researchers The Network for Youth Success is one of 50 Statewide Afterschool Networks funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and is also the New York State affiliate for the National AfterSchool Association. The Network is the New York State lead for the National Girls Collaborative Project around STEAM and the backbone of the New York State Community Schools Network.
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Buffalo String Works


BestSelf Behavioral Health of WNY

BestSelf Behavioral Health, Inc. (BestSelf) is the largest community-based behavioral health organization in Western New York, serving over 41,000 children and adults with mental health and substance use disorders. BestSelf provides easy access to a full continuum of person-centered, trauma-informed treatment and recovery services designed to meet the community’s needs. BestSelf’s mission is to provide innovative, evidence-based, accessible, and family-focused behavioral health services to promote health, hope, recovery, and an enhanced quality of life. Programs include Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics; education and vocational supports; mobile mental health and substance use disorder treatment services; homeless outreach and housing; school-based programs; and the Child Advocacy Center that provides safety, support, and healing for child victims of sexual and physical abuse. Our school-based program, Building Brighter Futures (BBF), serves over 4,000 students and their families in grades K-12 at over 25 school and community based sites.  BBF programs include 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Extended School Day/Violence Prevention program, Advantage After-School, Closing the Gap, Buffalo Public School District Title 1 Extended Learning, Erie County Primetime and Positive Youth Development programs. The mission of BBF is: To enhance students’ academic achievement; social-emotional development; and foster lifelong interests in the arts, recreation, and other areas by providing quality programming rooted in the principles of positive youth development, community and family engagement, trauma informed care, equity and inclusion. All programming is research based and intentionally designed to support students’ mental wellness and academic success, with the ultimate goal of achieving success in school, community, and beyond. The goals of BBF are: Providing opportunities for academic enrichment and remediation designed to meet the individual student’s needs, and New York State Learning Standards Offering students a broad array of additional enrichment, recreation, positive youth development, health & wellness, and social-emotional services. BBF programming is rooted in the delivery of strong social-emotional learning opportunities that align with New York State’s Social-emotional Guidelines. Activities are evidence-based, age appropriate, designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program, promote a college and career ready culture, and reflect the needs of participating students. BBF staff are trained to implement programs and curriculums such as Second Step, Girl’s Circle, Please Stand Up Against Violence, Skills Streaming, Coping Power, Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools CBITS, Youth Court, an alternative to suspensions after-school model and other programs that support Districts Positive Behavioral Intervention Systems initiative (PBIS) and/or Multi-tiered System of Supports.
Western New York

Just for Kids

Just for Kids is a community centered non-profit organization that offers before and after school programming in Amherst, Cheektowaga Central and Cheektowaga Sloan, Grand Island, Sweet Home and Williamsville Central School Districts, along with select private schools in Hamburg, Swormville, and Williamsville. Just for Kids also offers break camps and summer camps.
Western New York

(CAO of WNY) Community Action Organization of Western New York, Inc.

Western New York

YWCA Western New York

YWCA Western New York is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Our vision is a thriving community without divide. YWCA WNY supports over 3,400 women, children and families annually. Our programs help women attain self-sufficiency, help seniors secure safe, affordable housing that keeps them connected to the community, and help children grow in healthy, nurturing and enriched environments. We help people help themselves. For over 150 years, YWCA WNY has been on the forefront of critical social movements, working toward a more just and equitable society.  YWCA WNY responds to the needs of the community by providing high quality programs and services that promote racial justice and advance women’s empowerment. This commitment continues today through a continuum of comprehensive supports and services, focused specifically on individuals and families living with the inter-related issues associated with poverty and homelessness. YWCA WNY actively participates in advocacy efforts that promote racial, gender, and social equity, advance economic empowerment, and support survivors of gender-based violence.  
Western New York

Albany JCC

Mission Statement The Sidney Albert Albany Jewish Community Center provides a nurturing environment where individuals and families can grow and develop in mind, body and spirit.  We serve the spectrum of family life, from infants through seniors, through programs related to education, physical fitness, and communal life.  Our core values are rooted in Jewish principles, and we welcome members of the community at large, regardless of their faith or background. We are proud to offer Largest Early Childhood Center with programs from 8 weeks to first grade Afterschool Enrichment programs on site and 3 satellites Summer Camp for ages 3 to 15 Vacation camps all year long Wellness and Fitness with one indoor pool, 2 outdoor pools, state of the art fitness center, cardio room, CYBEX circuit, free weights, classes, certified personal trainers Senior programs including Kosher Meals Judaic programs including holiday celebrations
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