Annual Report 2016-2017 - 19
In the Community
20 Students Drive Bengals
21 Buffalo State, Buffalo Public Schools
Launch Urban Teacher Academy.
Buffalo State and the Buffalo Public Schools
announced plans for the new Urban Teacher
Academy at McKinley High School in April 2017.
The partnership prepares McKinley students for
college and inspires them toward careers in
teaching. Faculty members from Buffalo State
and staff members from the Buffalo Public Schools
develop the curricula for four college-level courses
that are taught as part of the academy. Academy
students also take part in activities at Buffalo State
to help them prepare for college. Students who
successfully complete the four-year Urban Teacher
Academy at McKinley will be accepted into Buffalo
State's teacher education programs with 12 credit
hours already completed toward a bachelor's
degree. The Urban Teacher Academy accepted its
first cohort of students in fall 2017 at McKinley.
22 Buffalo Beginnings Gives Refugee
Children Strong Start.
Twenty-four children, ages 4 to 18, participated in
the 2017 Buffalo Beginnings summer program at
the college's Community Academic Center (CAC)
on Buffalo's West Side. Participants are young
refugees from conflict-torn countries such as the
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burma, Iraq,
Zimbabwe, Bhutan, and Somalia. They learn literacy
skills, social skills, and academic lessons in morning
sessions taught by Buffalo State students. Since its
inception in 2012, Buffalo Beginnings has served
more than 200 refugee youth.
Since its inception
in 2012, Buffalo
served more than
200 refugee youth.
Buffalo State College 2016-2017 Annual Report 19
Dare to Care Day.
Buffalo State students completed more than
30 service projects in collaboration with local
organizations across the city-such as sorting
donations at a downtown homeless shelter, painting a
mural in the Broadway Market district, and assisting
in community gardens in the Fruit Belt-during the
college's annual Bengals Dare to Care Day on
September 17, 2016. Buffalo State students,
employees, and alumni are well known for their
commitment to engagement, excellence, and social
responsibility and for volunteering their time and
talents to improve the community. The event was
coordinated by the college's Civic and Community
Engagement Office and sponsored by M&T Bank