Our moment is now. The Buffalo community is organizing for the future. It includes a plan for economic revitalization that promotes inclusivity, addresses enduring disparities and prepares young people for success.1, 2
CAI (Cicatelli Associates Inc.) in partnership with the Erie County Department of Health is excited to be part of this movement. We have received a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) to focus on improving the lives and opportunities for adolescents by facilitating and resourcing a community-driven response to reduce teen pregnancy in select zip codes in Erie County.
With this grant, community youth and adults, community-based organizations, and other key stakeholders will work in partnership to reach 15,000 youth ages 15-19 and their parents/caregivers annually with evidence-based and promising interventions. Our collective activities will seek to address factors associated with teen pregnancy where youth live, learn, work and play by implementing a set of mutually reinforcing activities that address individual, interpersonal, community, institutional and structural contributors to teen pregnancy.
HOPE Buffalo will focus its activities in nine zip code areas (14201, 14204, 14206, 14207, 14208, 14209, 142011, 14213, and 14215) in Buffalo, NY with disparities in rates of teen pregnancies and births.
1 The Buffalo Billion Investment Development Plan, February 2013. An initiative of the WNY Regional Economic Development Council.
2 Say Yes – To Education – Buffalo. Sayyesbuffalo.org