The North Buffalo Community Development Corporation (NBCDC) is an education, sports and civic-engagement organization, which has provided more than four decades of exemplary service to all of Western New York. The NBCDC operates the Center for Innovative Education, Buffalo Maritime Academy, Center for Entrepreneurship and the North Buffalo Community Center.
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 resulting in more than a million dead seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals, (4) Food production must double by 2050 or billions of people will starve, (5) 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. We have designed multiple curriculums (for children ages 5 to 17) that propel children, in a fun and engaging way, to ponder, explore and develop ideas to combat challenging issues. The paramount components of The Center of Innovative Education are (1) to get children engaged, (2) to teach children critical thinking skills, (3) to build their confidence in public speaking and debate and to (4) empower their ability to contemplate issues from multiple perspectives. In addition, 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 2020 enrollment. Don’t wait – availability is limited to one hundred children. The C.I.E. is an after-school program unlike any other and is open Monday through Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The cost per child is $55.00. Scholarships are available. Call Capt. Shaun Smith, USMM, Chief Executive Officer, at 716-874-6133 for an application or if you have questions.
Buffalo Maritime Academy
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 in the process of acquiring a motorsailer, which is a powerboat/sailboat combination. Since the 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!
The Buffalo Maritime Academy is accepting applications for 2019 fall enrolment. The Buffalo Maritime Academy will have class from September 2019 to September 2020 every Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m and extended hours on weekends for sailing and boating adventures. The cost per child is $500.00 for the year. Scholarships are available. For more information about the Buffalo Maritime Academy, contact Capt. Shaun Patrick Smith, USMM, Chief Executive Officer at 716-874-6133 or by email at ssmith [at] northbuffalocc [dot] 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 and via committees to answer only two questions: (1) How can we make the Center as efficient as possible to advance the Center’s mission and (2) How can the Center 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 Capt. Shaun Patrick Smith, USMM, Chief Executive Officer at 716-874-6133 or by email at ssmith [at] northbuffalocc [dot] org.