Out of School Time


Focus area: MARIA an adolescent girl among the region's 35,000 girls age 10-14 who are entering the difficult, transitional stage from childhood to adulthood, a period of self-discovery, growth and potential, and the launching pad for lifelong success.

Out-of-school-time provides opportunities for students' to attend a quality Out-of-school-time programs - a leverage point for removing roadblocks to academic success.

Investment: Northwest Buffalo Community Center | $276,068

Program: After-School programming @ buffalo public school #59

Our pilot after-school program at Buffalo Public School #59, the Dr. Charles R. Drew Magnet School, is based on a national best practice model. The program, run by our partner, the Northwest Buffalo Community Center, with support from the Buffalo Public Schools, successfully enrolled 100 fifth through seventh grade. The initiative has illustrated significant improvements toward student attendance and performance, as well as exposure to different challenges and learning opportunities. The initiative also involves creating and implementing a quality measurement tool and professional development program that encourages programs to focus on the quality of experiences students have in after school and summer programs. As part of the initiative, we introduced a nationally recognized assessment tool, Youth Program Quality Assessment, in conjunction with a program development model, Youth Program Quality Intervention, to analyze after school programs.


What is our Impact?

  • 100% students enrolled advanced to the next grade level.

  • 79 students out of 100 enrolled maintained or increased classroom grades.

  • 89 students out of 100 enrolled increased English/language arts skills

  • 77 out of 100 enrolled maintained or increased math skills


Did You Know...

  • WNY girls' academic performance drops across the board between 4th and 8th grade, especially in urban districts
  • In Buffalo, as many as 68% of 8th grade girls, or 855 girls, need improvement in at least one subject. In Niagara Falls, 50% of 8th grade girls are falling behind another 140 girls
  • By 4th grade, 1,200 girls in Western New York are already falling behind in major subjects, a number that will nearly double within four years
  • Region-wide, estimates show drop-out totals of about 1,200 girls across the region in any year, although an overwhelming majority of those exiting school are in Buffalo.


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