You Belong Here: 2018 Annual Scholarship Appeal


“I have lived a life that has given me a wealth of experience, both good and bad. I got my foot in the door of my goals by getting accepted into the summer youth Workforce program at WSCS, allowing me to get an income I can leverage to set up my future plans and give me the means to shape the world into something I find appealing. Just watch me.” 

Athian Athian, West Side Teen

West Side Youth programs include daily homework help and tutoring; evidence-based substance abuse and violence prevention education; arts instruction; digital literacy; sports sampling and acrobatics; dance; nutrition and cooking education.

NEW! Just4Grlz, an enrichment and mentoring program for adolescent girls; Summer Youth Employment Workforce Development, a summer jobs training and mentoring program for teens!

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“This is TEAM. I used to attend WSCS as a child and now my daughter and family are in the programs. They are all welcoming, compassionate and make miracles happen. I love WSCS- they take care of business while making you feel like family. Thank you everyone at WSCS. ♡ Such an inspiration!” 

– Marisela Rodriguez – Parent

West Side Family programs include family events, workshops and information by community agencies, parenting support, and linkages to mental health, food security, school, housing and social service needs.

NEW! Family Night is now held quarterly with free family dinner and family-friendly activities and workshops; many new parenting and community resources now provide information and/or workshops at the Center!

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“I like coming to the senior center and sharing my time. I learn lots of different things, meet new people and enjoy talking with them. It is relaxing and keeps my mind occupied. WSCS has many different programs and is a good place for anyone!” 

Migdalia Martinez, West Side Senior

Senior programs include arts, recreation and wellness activities and presentations; door-to-door van transportation to shopping and medical appointments; and assistance with social service applications such as HEAP, SNAP and Medicaid.

NEW! West Side Seniors is now offered at 7 sites throughout the West Side of Buffalo; yoga classes now offered three days a week at the Center and Bridge Club is now available weekly!

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