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North Buffalo Community Development Corporation & The Center for Excellence:

Coronavirus Update:

The North Buffalo Community Development Corporation has suspended all programs and services at its Center for Excellence headquarters at 203 Sanders Road until May 15, 2020 per New York State, County of Erie and City of Buffalo laws. However, any member of the Community who needs assistance can call Dr. Shaun Patrick Smith at (716) 874-6133, ext. 102. 

North Buffalo Community Development Corporation:

The North Buffalo Community Development Corporation (NBCDC) is an education, fitness and civic-engagement organization, which has provided more than four decades of exemplary service to all of Western New York.  The NBCDC operates within its main campus, known as the Center for Excellence, the Center for Innovative Education, the Center for Maritime Training, the Center for Entrepreneurship and the North Buffalo Community Center.

Center for Innovative Education

If allowable by New York State, County of Erie and City of Buffalo Laws, the summer camp of the Center for Innovation Education, known as the Summer Fun Club, will proceed as planned. This program is designed for children 8 to 17 and will operate Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. With a combination of fitness activities, intellect-building education sessions and comradery-building outdoor games – all children are sure to have fun and learn. This is a perfect way to get children ready for school in the fall. Call Dr. Shaun Patrick Smith, Chief Executive Officer, at 716-874-6133, extension 102 for an enrollment application.

Why the Center for Innovative Education:

Here are some disturbing facts from the United Nations:  (1) Drinking water pollution is becoming a global crisis, (2) 3,000,000 children die each year because of poor nutrition (3) There is a garbage island the size of Texas in the Pacific Ocean – and other islands of garbage are forming around the globe – killing billions of sea creatures, (4) By 2050 billions of people will starve unless food production doubles, (5) Climate Change is real and is becoming alarming and (6) Billions of animals are tortured every year by factory farming and “scientific” experimentation. 

The experts who are working on solving these complex problems will run out of time, life, before the problems are solved or mitigated.  Thus, the next generation, and ones to follow, must be the architects of solutions.  If large corporations can “persuade” kids that smart phones, celebrities and social media are the holy grail of human existence, cannot parents, educators and society inculcate kids to care about ocean pollution, for example?  If society waits to introduce children to the paramount challenges that face civilization until children enter college and seek career paths, decades of intellectual curiosity and passion creation are lost.   

The importance of The Center for Innovative Education is forthright.  The C.I.E. uses proprietary, scientific, curricula to assist children in finding their passions/interests and, once found, to delve into them. Children will be given pre-and-post-program interest assessments and individual reports will be given, upon the conclusion of the program, to all parents/guardians that detail how they (the parents/guardians) can effectuate further passion/interest nurturing, which is the key to intellectual excellence. The Center for Innovative Education uniquely fosters the transference of traits, usually only found in gifted youths, to average youths.  Simply, we believe that all children have a genius intellect that can be unlocked with the proper environment and teaching methods.  

The Center for Innovative Education (C.I.E.) is accepting applications for fall 2020 enrollment. The program is designed for children 8 to 17. For the convenience of working parents and guardians, the C.I.E. operates Monday through Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  The cost per child is $55.00 per week.  Scholarships are available.  Call Dr. Shaun Patrick Smith, Chief Executive Officer, at 716-874-6133, extension 102 for an enrollment application.     

Center for Maritime Training

Due to tight quarters on vessels and the necessary social distancing protocols required to mitigate the coronavirus pandemic, the Center for Maritime Training will suspend all operations until May 2021.

Why the Center for Maritime Training:

The simple fact is that most inner-city and disadvantaged youths never get a chance to access Western New York’s waterways, experience the adventure of boating or learn camaraderie-building maritime skills.  This sad reality is ending with this first-of-a-kind program for Western New York youths.  This year-round Academy will teach children (1) marine safety, (2) how to sail, (3) how to command a powerboat, (4) how to navigate (5) how to work as a team on the water and – importantly, how to have fun in the outdoors!  The Academy is seeking a motorsailer, which is a powerboat/sailboat combination.  Since the N.B.C.D.C.’s North Buffalo Community Center is known as the North Buffalo CC, the Center’s new yacht will be hailed as the North Buffalo Sea Sea! If you have a 25 foot or larger sailing vessel that you can donate, you will be our Admiral of record.

Helmed by Dr. & Capt. Shaun Patrick Smith, who is a United States Merchant Marine Officer and United States Coast Guard licensed (Master) Captain, the Center for Maritime Training is a year-long program with classes scheduled on Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m and extended hours on weekends (weather permitting) for sailing and boating adventures. The cost per child is $500.00 for the year.  Scholarships are available.  For more information about the Center for Maritime Training, contact Dr. Shaun Patrick Smith, Chief Executive Officer, at 716-874-6133, extension 102 or by email at ssmith@northbuffalocc.org.

Center for Entrepreneurship

We are inviting the best entrepreneurs in Western New York to become members of the Center for Entrepreneurship and to meet formally once a month at the Center for Excellence and via committees to answer only two questions: (1) How can we make the N.B.C.B.C. as efficient as possible to advance its mission and (2) How can the N.B.C.D.C. become self-sufficient and economically sustainable, henceforth, without the need for foundation and municipal dollars.  We believe that not-for-profit organizations, more accurately tax-exempt corporations, have a duty to run their operations with self-sufficiency as a goal – thus preserving funders’ resources to help other organizations launch important self-sufficiency-enabling projects.

For more information on the Center for Entrepreneurship, please contact Dr. Shaun Patrick Smith, Chief Executive Officer, at 716-874-6133, extension 102 or by email at ssmith@northbuffalocc.org.

Holy Cross Head Start now recruiting

HOLY CROSS HEAD START

Now enrolling for the 2016-2017 School year.

North Buffalo School

203 Sanders Rd., Buffalo NY 14216

Phone: 716-464-7771 fax: 716-464-7773

Located in the North Buffalo Community Center

                                                                      

Parkside School

169 Sheridan-Parkside Dr., Buffalo NY 14150

Phone: 716-876-0100 fax: 716-876-2305

Located in the Sheridan Parkside Community Center

 

Central Center

89 Military Rd., Buffalo NY 14207

Phone: 716-875-1506 fax: 716-875-1567

Located between Grant & Amherst

 

Akron School

7 Church St., Akron NY 14001

Phone: 716-542-2962 fax: 716-542-4181

Located in the First United Methodist Church

 

Holy Cross School

150 Maryland St., Buffalo NY 14201

Phone: 716-852-8373 fax: 716-854-7046

Located on the corner of Niagara & Maryland

 

North West School

155 Lawn Ave., Buffalo NY14207

Phone: 716-877-5022 fax: 716-877-4910

Located in the Northwest Community Center