Cradle Beach is an AmeriCorps Site! If you are interested in serving year round in the Buffalo Public Schools or learning more about being an AmeriCorps member through our Project S.O.A.R. program, contact us today.
Project S.O.A.R. (Success, Opportunity, Achievement, and Responsibility) is a school-based educational and leadership program grounded in our philosophy that students who are engaged with peers from diverse backgrounds in an active learning environment, will develop the skills they need to succeed in school, career, and life.
We provide programming to students at Lovejoy Discovery School, Lorraine Academy, South Park High School, and Southside Elementary. Parents of students have clearly articulated that Project S.O.A.R. has had a positive impact on their student’s participation and behavior in class, volunteering, coming to school motivated, and getting along well with others.
What we offer:
- Academic support that compliments classroom lessons
- Overnight Retreat at Cradle Beach
- The chance to attend our Residential Summer Enrichment Program
- Programming for the additional six weeks of summer
In-School Daily Programming: This program is currently provided to 200 6th-12th graders with our AmeriCorps Members. Our AmeriCorps members routinely collaborate with teachers, administrators, and district leadership to ensure accurate and quality assistance is offered to each student. Our team directly serves students on an individual and group basis, building on academic lessons that connect directly to the district curriculum.
School Weekend Program: Several times throughout the school year, Project S.O.A.R. students will come to Cradle Beach for a weekend overnight retreat. These retreats are non-academic but offer hands on experiential learning that support the current classroom curriculum. Each weekend has a special theme that is lead by the Cradle Beach AmeriCorps members and Project S.O.A.R. Youth Leaders. We collaborate with several community partners for these retreats and utilize our own facilities to create team building activities. These retreats also focus on conflict resolution and problem solving, creative thinking, and college and career planning.
Six-Week Summer Program: Project S.O.A.R. students will all attend our 10-day residential summer enrichment camping program (summer camp) in addition to the activities during the school year. Summer camp attendance helps to prevent the “summer slide” that so many low-income children have made during the school year. We provide a healthy environment and organized activities to promote socialization, independence, and decision making in an atmosphere of love and acceptance. Cradle Beach serves approximately 800 children every summer. Everyone at camp has the same opportunity to get a full summer camp experience, regardless of his or her life outside of camp.
For the remaining six weeks of summer, Project S.O.A.R. AmeriCorps Members and staff meet with their students once a week for enrichment activities, through a part of our program we call “Summer in the City.” Weekly activities consist of reading projects, visits to parks, libraries, and recreation, in order to maintain our relationship with the students, and continues to prevent the “summer slide.” Summer in the City culminates with five large field trips throughout those six weeks. Project S.O.A.R. students explore and learn in unique settings, like the hills of Simon Griffiths Sculpture Park, Rochester’s Strong Museum of Play, a misty voyage to The Falls on The Maid of the Mist, or by catching a pop fly at a Bison’s Baseball game. Older Project S.O.A.R. students have the opportunity to visit local colleges, meet with community leaders, and explore high schools.