LEAP Program (Literacy and Enrichment After-School Program)
The LEAP Program at the Buffalo City Mission has been designed to offer residential after-school academic assistance for children living at our Cornerstone Manor shelter for Women and Children. During the school year, LEAP takes place on a weekly basis and accommodates up to 12 children on weekdays to provide assistance with homework and extended learning for children in need.
LEAP is open to the public, however, the majority of the children who attend the program are homeless. All children who participate in LEAP live below the poverty line, and many have experienced homelessness, domestic violence, or other trauma. Due to the challenges that these children face, including struggling at school and needing help to cope with their individual living situations, it is critical to provide these services on-site where trained staff can assist with children’s academic, as well as their emotional needs.
Through teaching, tutoring and mentoring by staff and volunteers, the Mission assists LEAP participants with homework, self-discipline habits and creative expression. The program also allows children to build strong relationships with peers and experience positive interactions with their mothers, tutors and mentors. The goal of LEAP is to give children the early resources that they need to become successful students and adults. LEAP provides students with an outlet that fosters academic success and positive social development.
SKATE Program (Summer Kids Academic Time of Enrichment)
The SKATE Program at the Buffalo City Mission has been specifically designed to accommodate homeless and hurting children in the Buffalo Area. Approximately half of all children in the City of Buffalo live below the federal poverty level. Many of these at-risk children come to Cornerstone Manor with their mothers in crisis. The SKATE summer camp program helps to encourage, enrich, and uplift homeless and hurting children during the Summer months. Through this program, the Buffalo City Mission is able to provide enrichment activities that these children may otherwise never experience.
Our goal is to provide 30 children, every Summer, with the opportunity to attend 10 field trips that will help them to learn about a variety of extracurricular activities that other children may take for granted. In addition to field trips, children participate daily in learning activities that include science, creative writing, cooking, dance, and swimming lessons.
Early Childcare Program
Since 2009, Cornerstone Manor has offered an Early Child Care program is for children ages Newborn through 5 years old. While at the Early Childcare Program, disadvantaged children are exposed to a loving environment where they receive meals and are cared for while their mothers are working towards improving their family’s lives by pursuing their personal and professional dreams; including opportunities such as attending personal growth courses, pursuing a college degree, receiving much needed counseling and/or addiction recovery classes, as well as a variety of other uplifting activities.
Through this much needed childcare program, children are provided with age appropriate learning activities that are evaluated 3 times a year, using High Reach Learning Observation Record and are regularly updated and improved to match the quality standards expected of them. Educational materials that are created for this program, cover topics such as alphabet knowledge, phonological awareness, number concepts, music, art, as well as emotional and behavioral health to help prepare children for a proper and health transition into school.
If you would like to be a part of changing the lives of our children by assisting with the needs of our children’s programs, we encourage you to donate today or volunteer your time by contacting our Volunteer Department at 716-854-8181 x419.