WNY United and Rupp Basse Pflazgraf Cunningham Attorneys are proud to sponsor the 209 Art & Poetry Contest for all kids in Western New York.
Get all the rules and details here!
Don't delay, all original artwork must be received by November 13, 2019.
The 2019 Red Ribbon Mailer will be hitting the mailboxes early next week, but for those who can't wait, the Red Ribbon Mailer is on our website. Simply click the link and it will take you right to it!
Don't forget to complete the coloring activity to "Join The Drug Free Team" with Buster Bison and earn a ticket to the Red Ribbon Game this coming Spring! All the instructions are in the flyer!
How will you celebrate Red Ribbon? Need ideas? Read on to see how many schools in WNY celebrate!
This summer was the debute for our Leadership Into Tomorrow Program (LIT2). Which was created for 8th grade students who are entering their freshman year.
The LIT2 Summer Program was filled with over 40 youth leaders, some prior Leaders In Training and others nominated by their schools based on the leadership skills they exhibited. As students throughout the Buffalo School District they were able to come together as leaders from their respective schools and work along side new leaders they're to meet in their new high schools, thus creating early friendships and connections before even the first day of school. During the five week summer program leaders where able to express themselves through fun packed curriculum in Economics for Success, Too Good for Violence, Math, ELA, and Student Voice. Each session was guided based on the leaders' own interest in career opportunities, student concerns, educational goals and the like.
Each week our leaders' hard work was rewarded with mid-week catered lunch and a Friday field trip to help celebrate the job well done. The field trips were designed to give the leaders an opportunity to explore WNY. They visited Niagara Falls, The Lockport Locks and Cave Tour, Canal side, and Holiday Valley Aerial Park.
Though we set high standards for our leaders they provided their best efforts to meet them and it showed as the weeks progressed leaving us with a bittersweet end of Summer Program. We will miss our first LIT2 group to complete Summer Program but we are excited to see what they will accomplish come their Freshmen year as leaders.
This program was created in partnership with the Independent Health Foundation and funded through Senator Chris Jacobs Office, The Cullen Foundation and Oishei Foundation.
The 15th Annual Robert E. Rich Memorial Drive Against Drugs Golf Tournament was held on Monday, August 5 at the beautiful Orchard Park Country Club for the second year.
124 golfers from all over the community competed in scramble format on a beautiful summer day. Golfers enjoyed a delicious lunch cooked by Orchard Park Country Club chefs before play started and enjoyed an amazing dinner and dessert in the clubhouse following their round of golf.
According to the golfers, it was the best tournament they had been to all summer! The event was a successful tournament raising more than $18,000 in net revenue for the WNY United Against Drug & Alcohol Abuse Foundation. The golfers donated over $6,000 of the revenue, in raffles, contests on the course, 50/50, and silent auctions which included Buffalo sports paraphernalia & tickets, many special Buffalo themed items and attraction tickets and other items donated by various local businesses. All proceeds from the tournament go towards supporting the agency’s programming.
First place was once again determined by “Match of Cards” between Alliance Advisory Group and Erin Burch Nutrition teams. Alliance Advisory Group comprised of Jon Sheldon, Jack Gray, Bob Fashano and Mark Majewski with a score of 57 beat out last years winners from Erin Burch Nutrition. The “Most Honest” team for a second year in a row was the team comprised of Carolos Cacador, Kathy Zika, Joan Stockman and Scott Perry. The longest drive was won by Jeff Thiele and the Closest to the Pin went to Vinny Lazzara at 4’9” inches.
Returning for the second year was the air cannon golf ball launcher brought to us by Epic Auction Events! Each golfer could shoot the launcher for a chance at the closest to pin on hole #11 and Rod Christie won at 15’9”.
Thank you to Consumer’s Beverages for donating beverages to keep our golfers cool on the course!
The tournament could not be held without the generosity and support of the sponsors or the hard work of the golf committee. Thank you to co-chairs John Lunn & Bob Gauchat and the rest of the committee; Urmas Lupkin, Steve Barber, Alvino Battistoni, Mike Klima, Jim Mize, Jay Rich, Dan Sarzynski, and Kate Chudoba. Also a thank you to the volunteers who came out and helped make the tournament run smoothly!
A special thank you goes out to our gold sponsor Greene & Associates for their 9 straight years of support as the gold sponsor!
It was another great summer for our Leaders In Training program. The five week program was held for the last year at Medaille College and 120 students from 11 Buffalo Public Schools, Maryvale, Lake Shore, and Frontier School Districts were in attendance.
Our staff goes above and beyond by creating classrooms that are fun and inviting for the students to create the atmosphere of the program.
Not only is the program fun, but all the students were provided an opportunity to reinforce their math and ELA skills, and enhance their team building and leadership skills. Some highlights from this year included a career fair, FBI internet safety presentation, a field trip to Camp Pioneer, paper flower making with Because Char Smiles, tie dying, the Buffalo Zoo, and a field trip to Darien Lake. We look forward to working with this exceptional group of students the next two years.
The 2018/2019 school year was extremely successful from a programmatic standpoint. Over the course of the year, over 11,000 students received evidence-based prevention services across 12 Buffalo Public school buildings and 4 suburban districts (Frontier, Hamburg, Lake Shore, and Maryvale). Programs offered to the students included Too Good for Violence (grades k – 4), Building Skills (grade 5), Too Good for Drugs (grade 6 and 7), Leaders in Training (grades 7 and 8), and Ripple Effects (grades 1 – 5).
Programs delivered by WNY United target social and academic skills that have been demonstrated to have a link to future substance abuse and other dysfunctional skills, allowing the agency to target useful and important skills at a young age while still maintaining the overall goal of the agency: prevent future substance abuse.
Among the classroom-based programs (Too Good for Violence, Building Skills, and Too Good for Drugs), evaluations demonstrated consistent, significant, educationally-relevant improvements among the student populations, with the strongest improvements being found on areas such as goal-setting, anger management, resistance skills, and emotional competency. Among the selective programs (Leaders in Training and Ripple Effects), program results were equally positive, showing strong improvements in student academics, assertiveness, managing feelings, problem-solving, impulse control, and managing conflicts.
Hamburg, Frontier and Lake Shore school districts mandate that one parent from each household attend a Parent Forum in order for the student to participate in any extra curricular activities. The parents must attend ONE forum and covers the students high school career. Each district holds a minimum of two per year and parents can attend a forum at any of the locations. The 2019-2020 dates are as follows:
For more information on the Parent Forum click here.
2019-2020 Parent Forum Dates:
Frontier Central School District:
Lake Shore Central School District:
Hamburg Central School District:
Whether we are ready or not, school will be starting in about 5 weeks. Our staff is currently running the summer leadership programs - LIT and LIT2 - but in preparation for the school year, we have assigned the deployment schedule for our staff. They are as follows:
Lori Brown - Maryvale
Julie Kilmer - Lake Shore
Sarah Holsopple - Hamburg
Julie Schaefer - Frontier
Samantha Zappala - 72 & 43
Alley Rosen - 18 & 67
Joe Olgin - 80 & 45
Hannah Rich - 93 & 89
Kayla O'Donnell - 95 & 74
Jenna Cavallaro - 27
April Carella - Ripple Coach at 93
May 13th and 14th were exciting days for our 7th grade Leaders In Training class because it was the annual Showcase Event. The showcase is designed to give our Leaders In Training a chance to reunite as the majority haven't seen each other since the summer before they started the 7th grade. It also provides a opportunity for each LIT team to present to their peers all their Leadership Lessons and their Service Learning Projects that they have participated in over the school year.
The day starts with an activity where the Leaders In Training created a "Prevention Champion" award for someone they hold in high regard. The students completed the awards and took them back to their schools or home so they can give them to their Prevention Champion. After that, each LIT team presented their Leadership Lessons and their Service Learning Projects to the fellow LIT Teams. This gives the students the chance to overcome their fears of public speaking and using a microphone and they did a great job.
They enjoyed lunch prepared by the students at Emerson High School, and then listened to our keynote speaker Terry Schuta, Principal from South Park High School. Mrs. Schuta talked about the important role each of these students have in the next chapter of their lives now that have started on their leadership path.
The 7th grade LIT teams were from Lake Shore and Buffalo Public Schools # 18, 27, 43, 67, 72, 74, 80, 89, 93, and 95.