- By LAUREN NEWKIRK MAYNARD
- Published: February 24, 2011
Helping children living in the neighborhoods around the UB South Campus achieve academic success is the goal of a community partnership that has received a prestigious $500,000 federal grant to help it in its efforts.
Buffalo was only one of 21 communities around the country to receive a competitive neighborhood development planning grant last October from the U.S. Department of Education’s $10 million “Promise Neighborhoods” program. The local partnership, called Buffalo Promise, will receive a total of $750,000 from the federal government and local funders, including M&T Bank and the John R. Oishei Foundation.
Mara Huber, director of UB’s Center for Educational Collaboration (CEC) and UB’s liaison for the partnership, gave details on the grant and the CEC’s other activities at a recent public meeting on the South Campus hosted by UB’s Office of Government Relations. Invited were Western New York legislative delegation and community members, including several interested parents, who came to hear details on the Promise Neigborhoods grant—a perfect example, Huber says, of how UB faculty and staff can be tapped as community resources.