BUFFALO PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT'S CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
CITRS and CHARACTER COUNTS! have partnered to implement a groundbreaking three-year comprehensive character development initiative in 21 Buffalo Public School District (BPSD) schools. The overarching goal of the initiative is to cultivate ethical, respectful, and caring school environments, in which students can thrive and succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. Approximately 14,000 pre-K – 12 students in the City of Buffalo are benefiting from this initiative, as well as teachers, parents, and the surrounding community. The initiative is being implemented locally by three Mentors/Coaches in Buffalo, three members of the CITRS staff located in Philadelphia, and three members of the CC! national staff.
According to the independent, external evaluator, Community Connections of New York (CCNY), "it is impressive that the majority of parents, faculty, staff, and students recognize the importance of the initiative. This buy-in will provide a solid basis for the impact and effectiveness of the initiative going forward."