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Youth Services Fair on Aug. 19 is Chance for Service Providers and Youths to Learn about Opportunities

by jtan
Tue, Aug 5th 2014 09:00 am

BUFFALO, N.Y., Aug. 5, 2014 - Youth service providers, as well as adolescents and family members seeking youth-specific assistance are invited to attend a free Youth Services Information Fair on Aug. 19 from 1-3:30 p.m. at St. Stanislaus Community Center, 389 Peckham St., Buffalo.

Catholic Charities' Education and Workforce Development Department is hosting the event designed to encourage networking among service providers, explore youth service opportunities and learn about other providers, allowing interaction and relationship building among Buffalo and Erie County agencies which work with youth. The agencies help youth overcome the social, psychological and environmental barriers impacting their economic and educational success.

More than 20 providers will participate and provide displays, including Buffalo Prenatal Perinatal Network, Catholic Charities Women, Infants and Children nutrition program, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Neighborhood Legal Services and Compass House.

"In addition to having youth service providers interact with one another and learn more about other programs available, we are interested in involving youth and their families this year," explained Darrell Slisz, coordinator of the Education and Workforce Development Department.  "Through this event, we hope to educate the community on available resources so that they will know who to reach out to when seeking youth assistance or service opportunities.

For more information, please contact Richard Paris at (716) 893-3500 or by email at  

Catholic Charities Education and Workforce Development Department helps to provide High School Equivalency test preparation and job readiness services to Erie County adults ages 16 and older. After receiving an educational/career assessment, students attend High School Equivalency classes and a counselor works with each student on job readiness skills and leadership training. In addition, the counselor helps students determine and work through their next steps, such as college placement.

In 2013, a total of 80 students earned their High School Equivalency and 90 individuals were placed in jobs through the department's efforts.

Outside of the Education and Workforce department, Catholic Charities also serves youth in Erie County through a variety of other programs, including Closing the Gap / Say Yes Buffalo, Multisystemic Therapy program, School Intervention Service, In-School Social Work program, Catholic Charities Service Corps, and individual and family counseling. For more information, call 716-856-4494 or go to

Catholic Charities empowers children, families and seniors to achieve meaningful, healthy and productive lives. In all situations, we deliver support to meet immediate needs, and then assess for other needs to ensure long-term success. We are the most comprehensive human service provider serving more than 130,000 people in all eight counties of Western New York, with 70 programs and 61 locations. We receive highest ratings for quality of service provided and financial health/accountability as rated by the Council on Accreditation and Charity Navigator. For 89 years, Catholic Charities has been making a difference for people of every faith and ethnicity in Western New York.

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