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Buffalo Promise Neighborhood

Buffalo Promise Neighborhood

As successful applicant to President Obama’s signature Promise Neighborhoods Department of Education Program, the Westminster Foundation is leading a vast cross-sector effort to improve educational outcomes in a challenged community in the Kensington-Bailey section of Buffalo.

With a focus on Westminster Community Charter School, Highgate Heights P.S. 80 and Bennett High School, the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood is the result of a strong commitment by more than twenty partners in education, the private sector, non-profits, and government.  The partners in the effort, however, realize that schools cannot improve in a vacuum.  LISC is working with the Westminster Foundation to incorporate the Building Sustainable Communities strategy into the Promise Neighborhood work. In addition to the important work of improving educational outcomes efforts are underway to address the housing, childcare, public safety, recreation and commercial corridor needs in the neighborhood.

Buffalo LISC is providing support for the Westminster Foundation to undergo a comprehensive Quality of Life Planning process, predicated on deep and ongoing engagement of community members from every walk of life.  LISC grant resources will underwrite new staff positions for Westminster to manage this process as well as the consultation of national comprehensive community development expert Jim Capraro, whose work on the South Side of Chicago with Chicago LISC helped set the course for LISC’s national Building Sustainable Communities model.

In addition, several of LISC’s National Programs may be linked to the Promise Neighborhood work. They include the Community Safety Initiative, Financial Opportunities Center, Childcare Collaborative, Youth and Recreation, and Educational Finance Center.

Visit the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood website