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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2013 Archives > March 2013 > Mayor Brown West Side Community Services Acknowledge AT&T Contribution

Mayor Brown West Side Community Services Acknowledge AT&T Contribution


Contact: Lorey Schultz
               (716) 851-5545

March 13, 2013 -  Mayor Byron Brown and Robert Holliday, Vice President and General Manager, AT&T Upstate New York, joined West Side Community Services (WSCS) Executive Director Lucy A. Candelario today at a special event to acknowledge a contribution from AT&T to support educational programming.   Children, parents and staff of the WSCS also attended.  The brief program was held at 161 Vermont Street home of the West Side Community Services.

“AT&T commends the work of the West Side Community Services and welcomes the opportunity to help more students graduate high school with the tools needed to compete in today’s global marketplace.  We’re proud to support the Center's Educational Directives for After School Program and look forward to their continued success,” stated Robert Holliday, Vice President & General Manager, AT&T Upstate New York.

Mayor Byron Brown said the AT&T award to the West Side Community Services will further help young Buffalonians achieve their academic goals and graduate.

“I applaud AT&T for its demonstrated commitment to Buffalo and look forward to working on other shared initiative that strengthen our city and region, making Buffalo a great place to live, work and invest,” Mayor Brown said.

West Side Community Services (WSCS), with over 38 years of experience in serving the needs of our community’s youth, has been awarded a $15,000 grant through AT&T.  The funding will help support effective programs that prepare disadvantaged youth to meet or exceed high standards for academic performance, graduate from high school and learn lifelong skills that enable them to live, to learn and work in the Buffalo area community as contributing members of society. Children, who take part in the program, participate in tutoring and homework assistance, basic literacy support, basic math support, study skills trainings, and community-oriented service learning projects.

WSCS is a multi-cultural Community Center that reaches all ethnic and racial groups on Buffalo’s West Side.  WSCS generally provides services to minority youth and families that are predominantly Hispanic and African-American, often from single parent and economically disadvantaged families.  As a result, the youth are at high-risk for teen pregnancy and dropping out of high school.  Our programs assist as many as 150 youth, equally balanced between male and female, between the ages of 6 and 18.
This program addresses the need for a safe, enriching, and wholesome after-school environment at a facility that combines counseling, educational and recreational opportunities.  We have a quiet, well-equipped resource room for homework and other educational activities.  Participants have the opportunity to channel their energies and relieve stress through active recreation, multimedia computer lab equipment with encyclopedia and other electronic reference materials. Our program also includes comprehensive individual case management, problem solving techniques and conflict resolution skills.  Each registered participant is tracked and monitored daily. 
The West Side Community Services staff provides an array of Human Services Programs that include Application Assistance, Referral Services, Senior Services, Case Management/Counseling, Youth Programming (Academic Tutoring, An Apple a Day, Project Alert, Second Step, Computer Lab, Cultural Enrichment and Open Recreation).  We are opened Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 9:00 pm.

The agency is supported through public funds from City of Buffalo Community Development Block Grant, City of Buffalo Youth Bureau, Erie County Department of Mental Health, Erie County Department of Senior Services, Erie County Youth Bureau, NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and through the generosity of community, corporate and private friends and supporters.