Out of School Suspension Program (OSS)
Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo currently collaborates with Community Charter School and Buffalo United Charter School in facilitating an Out of School Suspension Program. The program was designed to offer out of school activities to students who have been suspended from school. This program will address the individual strains the student is experiencing, the power of social forces that influence a student to negative behavior, and the need to provide effective services for success in their school setting and outside in their community. The overall goal of the program will be prepare the youth for their return to the classroom.
Suspended youth will be required to participate in a minimum of 3 hours of structured programming at the Babcock Clubhouse. The first two hours will be all educational. Teachers from the various schools will have the opportunity to provide lessons/activities for the youth in the suspension program. The Education Directors will provide those activities or will create lesson plans based on the information given to them in the referral. During the final hour of programming, they will participate in one of the programs listed that addresses why they were suspended.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo works in partnership with the Buffalo Public Schools to provide suspended youth with a place to go to recieve the mandated 3 hours of instruction. Buffalo Public School teachers are assigned to five locations to work with these youth. If successful, the youth are able to join and particpate in Club programming with the hopes that if they are engaged in positive programming, they will not be suspended again.