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Buffalo Pathways to Success Initiative

Erie Community College

Established in 1946, SUNY Erie Community College (ECC) is the fourth largest State University of New York (SUNY) community college, offering more than 90 degree, certificate, online, and joint programs across three distinct campuses (City, North, and South). ECC meets the needs of a diverse student body and contributes to regional economic vitality by providing excellent, flexible, affordable, and accessible educational programs. To assist students in achieving their goals, ECC offers a wide range of non-academic support services that include, but are not limited to, one-on-one tutoring and counseling, disability student resources centers, career resources centers, and on-site childcare centers.

The Parenting and Pregnancy Assistance Program (PPAF), located at ECC's City Campus (downtown Buffalo), supports the college's mission to contribute to Western New York's economic vitality by providing support services that specifically address the needs of student parents.

Our services to expectant and parenting young people include:

  • One-on-one case management
  • Informational programs and events
  • On-campus and off-campus referrals
  • Student-parent support groups
  • On-site lactation centers
PPAF strives to create a greater awareness of resources available to support expectant and parenting students and their families within the Western NY community, and dispel myths associated with these services to encourage increased usage.

Ida Parker
Project Coordinator
(716) 270-5325

Buffalo Public Schools

The Buffalo School District is regarded as one of the premiere urban school systems in New York State. Serving 34,000 students in nearly 60 facilities, the district strives to bring exemplary teaching practices and unparalleled opportunities to its diverse student population.

The Pathways to Success initiative supports the ongoing efforts of Project ACT (Assisting Caregiving Teens), which is an outreach program that seeks ways to provide services to pregnant and/or parenting teens (mothers and/or fathers, including their parent/guardian) attending Buffalo Public Schools. Project ACT assists with:

  • Medical appointments and other referrals
  • Day care set-up and approval, including completion of all paperwork;
  • Accompanying students to Erie County Day Care Unit and Family Court as necessary
  • Academic needs, including home instruction and tutorial services
  • Linking students with appropriate community agencies
Through Pathways to Success, Project ACT will assist in the creation of a seamless system that addresses the needs of Buffalo Public Schools' expectant and parenting students. Formal agreements will be developed with the multiple community partner relationships Project ACT has already developed. Community resources and any gaps in services will be identified. Services will be aligned, reflecting the data collection required by Pathways to Success.

Shawn Thurmond
Community Education Leader, Project ACT Coordinator
Office (716) 816-3987
Cell (716) 818-3852

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