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Higgins, Service Collaborative of WNY announce $1.3 million for program to provide tutoring in Buffalo schools

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Mon, Jun 16th 2014 08:50 pm

The Service Collaborative of WNY awarded federal "AmeriCorps Builds Lives through Education" grant

Congressman Brian Higgins, pictured speaking, announced The Service Collaborative of WNY Inc. has been awarded $1,369,762 in AmeriCorps funding to sustain the "AmeriCorps Builds Lives through Education" program by supporting 100 full-time and 64 minimum-time/summer "ABLE" members.

"Education is one of the most powerful tools that we can give to our children," Higgins said. "We are so grateful for the work that The Service Collaborative of WNY's 'ABLE' program does to give so many Buffalo students the attention they need to have the best chance to succeed."

"As we have seen in the successes of the first year of this funding, 'ABLE' is impacting education in WNY exponentially," said Kate Sarata, TSCWNY executive director. "We are giving opportunities to individuals, some who have master's degrees in education, and some who are looking to explore the profession, to really dive into what education is in Buffalo. This funding will allow for 164 more individuals to take the AmeriCorps pledge and influence positive academic change in Buffalo's students."

"The Service Collaborative of Western New York is a key partner in Buffalo Promise Neighborhood's work to provide a pipeline of services to children and families," said David Chamberlain, CEO of Buffalo Promise Neighborhood. "These resources will support our efforts to increase academic achievement and reverse the cycle of poverty, putting our children on the pathway to college and a successful career. We thank Congressman Higgins and The Service Collaborative of Western New York for securing this important funding."

The "ABLE" program partners trained AmeriCorps members with 2,411 K-12 students from a variety of Buffalo schools, including: Buffalo Promise Neighborhood (Westminster Community Charter School and Highgate Heights Elementary School), Cradle Beach-Project SOAR (Lorraine Academy, Southside Elementary School, Lovejoy Discovery School), D'Youville College Upward Bound program, Elmwood Village Charter School, Health Sciences Charter School, Houghton College (The International Preparatory School and Lafayette High School), Jericho Road Community Health Center - FLY program, King Center Charter School, Native American Community Services (Native American Magnet School), Peace of the City, Tapestry Charter School and West Buffalo Charter School. Taking part in the "ABLE" tutoring program will increase the academic achievement of 75 percent of these students.

"ABLE" tutors serve one year of service as AmeriCorps members. Though many are certified teachers, it is not a requirement for taking part in the program. In addition to tutoring students, "ABLE" members participate in professional development and trainings to prepare them for future careers.

"AmeriCorps members make a powerful impact on the toughest challenges facing our nation," said Corporation for National and Community Service CEO Wendy Spencer. "Building on New York's strong tradition of neighbor helping neighbor, AmeriCorps members will improve lives and strengthen communities across New York. While they serve others, AmeriCorps members will also expand opportunity for themselves - gaining skills and experience to jumpstart their careers. As we mark the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, we salute AmeriCorps members for their dedication, and thank our outstanding partners who make their service possible."

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