We offer direct programs in our Grant Street community classroom. Programs are collaboratively designed based on needs identified by children, youth, families, the community, and SUNY Buffalo State. Projected Fall 2016 Program Descriptions include:
Buffalo Beginnings — with Journey’s End Refugee Services, BPS 45
Mondays-Fridays 2:00-4:30 P.M.
Tentative Start Date: TBA
Buffalo Beginnings supports mastery of literacy skills among newcomer refugee youth on Buffalo’s West Side. Buffalo State staff, and students provide ESL instruction integrated with academic and literacy content.
Buffalo Public Multilingual Parent Drop-in Centers —
Third Tuesdays September-June 4:00-6:00 P.M.
Drop-in Centers provide parents with access to translators speaking six languages including Spanish, Burmese, Karen, Arabic, Nepali and Somali to answer questions concerning school and family issues related to their children's education. Parent Drop-in Center dates for the 2016-2017 academic year are offered most third Tuesdays of the month on the following dates. September 20th, October 18th, November 15th, December 20th, January 17th, *February 28th, March 21st, *April 28th, May 16th, and June 20th.
* Due to BPS breaks and closings, the Parent Drop-in Center will be held on the fourth Tuesday of the month.
Burmese Language and Culture Program —
Saturdays 1:30-3:00 P.M.
Burmese Language and Culture Program provides children from ages 5 to 14 with Thin-Poan-Gyi (basic Burmese language course), and traditional games and activities for supportive learning experience.
Let’s Talk —
Saturdays 12:00-1:00 P.M.
Buffalo State students provide opportunities for multilingual community members to build Oral English conversational skills.
Office for New Americans English as a Second Language Classes —
Thursdays 5:00-8:00 P.M.
Fridays 5:00-8:00 P.M.
Saturdays 1:00-3:00 P.M.
Community Coordinators and Buffalo State volunteers and service-learners support recent immigrants and refugees in preparations to take the US naturalization test.
*Class is open to students of all languages. Burmese, Karen, and Karenni Interpreters will be present. Please contact CAC for information about the availability of additional interpreters.
Office for New Americans Citizenship Classes —
An ESL instructor and Buffalo State volunteers and service-learners support recent immigrants and refugees in developing introductory English skills.
Karen/Burmese: Thursdays 3:00-5:00 P.M.
Study Session: Saturdays 10:00am-12:00 P.M.
Nepali: Saturdays 3:00-5:00 P.M.
Wednesday March 15th, 2017
4:30 – 6:00 PM
Bulger Communication Center North
Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo NY 14222
The program aims to provide a forum in which diverse community members discuss inter and intra racial and ethnic conflicts, and resolutions with the Buffalo State College faculties, professionals and students.
1. Chipamong Chowdhury, Monastic Social Activist and Dharma Teacher
2. Gamileh Jamil, Executive Director of ACCESS WNY
3. Kyi Tha Tun, Fulbright Scholarship Recipient at the University of Pittsburgh
4. Leonce Byimana, Program Director of Center for Survivors of Torture, Jewish Family Services
Sam Magavern, Co-director of the Partnership for the Public Good
The panelists will share their insights and experiences on conflicts and resolutions evolved around ethnic, gender and religion issues around the world—global to local.
Open to: everyone
Contact: Win Min Thant
Phone: (716) 878-3289
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