Opportunities For Youth Articles

The M@re Program

The M@Re program, which is an arts program facilitated by Young Audiences of WNY,   meets every Thursday at the Central Library from 4-8pm.  There is also a Taste of M@Re program that meets after North Buffalo YEL on Monday nights. This program comes highly recommended by the youth who have attended in the past. FVN teens in Care Coordination are eligible to be referred.

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For questions, please contact: Aitina Fareed Cooke ( Young Audiences Western New York (Inside Buffalo Public Central Library in downtown Buffalo, 2nd Floor) 1 Lafayette Square Buffalo, NY 14203 716-881-0917

Fax: 716-408-3279 (send your completed referral to this number)

M@re Program Referral Form 

YA_WNY Consent Form

Library Application Form

Library Internet Access Form

WAY Program for Youth

The WAY (Work Appreciation for Youth) Program is available to assist the youth you are working with in reaching their vocational needs and goals, in either a group or individual setting.  If you are working with a youth who is ages 14-21, the WAY Program Vocational Specialists can assist in youth meeting their prevocational and community employment goals.

The WAY program provides the invaluable service of having someone to help with the following:

  • writing  your first resume
  • answering questions on an application
  • filling out an online application
  •  preparing for an interview
  • And MORE!

Please feel free to share these documents with the families you serve.  Please contact 828-7204 (Taryn Wilde) or 828-7038 (Sharon Cavanaugh) with any questions or if you would like information mailed directly to your office location.

More information about the Way Program 

Dream, Grow, Achieve Artwork Submission Wanted

Attention All Families in the Erie County Children’s System of Care:

On Tuesday May 6th 2014, Families’ Child Advocacy Network and The Family Help Center will be co-hosting the 2014 Erie County Children’s System of Care Mental Health Awareness Event. Using the theme, “Dreaming, Growing, Achieving: The Roots of Success”, they would like to showcase the many artistic talents and expressions of the youth and their families by inviting them all to not only attend this FREE CELEBRATION of their successes, but to participate in this year’s 2014 Mental Health Awareness ART SHOW.

All ages are welcome to submit their original drawings, paintings, photography, sculptures, songs or poetry that inspires and motivates them to Dream, Grow, and Achieve. Artwork can be submitted individually or as a project that your entire family worked on together. Each submission can be something that was already created that ties in with our theme or a new piece that you wish to create for this particular event. If an artist would like to submit a song, dance, rap or poetry reading, please record it onto a CD and we will include it in a slideshow that will be played during dinner. Deadline for submissions is Thursday April 24, 2014!

Attached is a submission/consent form that must be completed and sent with your artwork.

Please contact Chelsea Dominick at or 858-1531 if you have any questions or your artwork needs to be picked up.

Otherwise, please mail your entry to:

60 Dingens Street
Buffalo, NY 14206

***Formal invitations will be sent out soon, but for now please SAVE THE DATE!! We look forward to seeing you and your artwork at the event!!***


Art Show Submission Consent Form

WNY Regional Peer Conference Call for Presenters

“Peers Promoting Wellness and Recovery Across the Lifespan”

WNY Regional Peer Conference
Saturday, June 21, 2014 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Butler Rehabilitation Center at Buffalo Psychiatric Center
400 Forest Ave., Buffalo, NY 14213

Call for Presenters

Deadline for submission: April 18, 2014

We are seeking dynamic, engaging, passionate people to offer workshops related to our theme of “Peers Promoting Wellness and Recovery Across the Lifespan.”

What is a Peer? One who has lived experience in receiving mental health services.

What is Peer Support? Receiving mutual support from someone who has similar experiences. People with similar experience may be able to listen and give hope and guidance toward recovery in a way that is different and just as valuable as professional services.


A Two Track Program

Track 1: “Welcome to the Peer Movement” For peers just getting started…

Track 2: “Peers as Effective Leaders” For experienced peers seeking to assume leadership roles…

Suggested topics include but are not limited to: History of the Peer Movement, Community Based Services, Self Empowerment, Advocacy, Wellness and Recovery, Leadership Skills and Leadership Roles, Working and Benefits Awareness, Staying Healthy While Working, The Role of Peers in Medicaid Managed Care, Dangers of Co-optation, Exploring Partnerships, Youth in Transition.

Target Audience: Mental health peers, families, providers and the community at large.

Length of Workshop Session: 35-40 minutes plus time for Qs and As; maximum 60 minutes.

All submitters will be notified of acceptance or regret by May 5, 2014.

Please submit the requested “Call for Presenter Information” on following pages by April 18 to:

Michelle Scheib
Restoration Society Inc.
66 Englewood Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14214
(716) 832-2141, Ext 21
FAX: 716-832-0021


NACS is hiring Peer Educators

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 Energetic?  Responsible? 14-18 years old?

Comfortable talking with your peers about sexual health?

Looking for a part-time job?



Peer Educators Empowering People


 Send in your Application Today!



Native American Community Services is hiring  Peer Educators in the Greater Buffalo area.  Peer Educators will conduct workshops, do outreach, and hold events aimed at improving sexual health among their peers.



PLEASE CONTACT JULIA DUERR 716-874-2797 x327 or


Applications due March 31st to Julia Duerr

1005 Grant St., Buffalo, NY14207

 Interviews will be held by appointment

April 7 and 8, 2014



PASS Program Open Enrollment for 2014

Coordinated Care Services, Inc. (CCSI) is now accepting applications for the P.A.S.S. Program.

Prevention, Access, Self-Empowerment and Support Program (P.A.S.S.) is an innovative, curriculum-based, statewide prevention program that works with teens who experience challenges in their daily lives, or whose parents are seriously and persistently mentally ill. Participants report having emotional issues revolving around building and maintaining relationships; anger management; feelings of frustration; distraction; lack of self-control; poor decision making; inability to finish tasks and an overall lack of focus. The therapist data indicates that some of the participants have serious challenges with aggressive, suicidal and/or self-destructive behavior and substance abuse.

P.A.S.S. is sponsored by Monroe and Orleans County Offices of Mental Health. The program is managed by Coordinated Care Services, Inc (CCSI) a unique non-profit management services organization. The primary source of funding for this program is New York State Office of Mental Health Reinvestment dollars. This multicultural initiative has been in existence since 1996 and has documented positive changes for participants.

P.A.S.S. utilizes a strength-based approach to helping individuals, families and communities to develop the resources needed to maintain healthy lifestyles. It focuses on the development of a culturally competent, inclusive system of support that fosters self-help, empowerment, advocacy, support, and education. Junior and adult mentors help the adolescents apply the strategies taught in the program to their unique life situations. Ongoing parent support groups and contacts with schools and other community programs complete the circle of support.

For more information please visit CCSI’s website

2014 PASS Program Application


Pass Schedule

Please note:

Coordinated Care Services, Inc.
Cultural Competency & Diversity Initiatives
Attention: PASS Application & Recruitment
1099 Jay Street, Building J, 3rd
Rochester, NY 14611


  • The application must be completed in its entirety by the parent/guardian, adolescent, mental health professional/school counselor and a school administrator.
  •  The program is of no cost to participating families (adolescent, parent(s)/guardian(s).
  • Participating families (adolescent, parent(s)/guardian(s) are expected to attend their workshop session(s). Additional information is located in the application and schedule sheet.