News

Community Spotlight: The Garmon's

Posted 1 week ago

We would like to shine a spotlight on some of our esteemed community members, Pastor and Mrs. Garmon. Read their story here!

Fall 2019 Newsletter

Posted 3 weeks ago

Read about what's new in Buffalo Promise Neighborhood, including a Gerard Place partner spotlight, our new Playworks program, first day of school and M&T volunteers in our community!

Promise Scholar Spotlight: Malonya

Posted 1 month ago

Malonya is a Promise Scholar in her senior year. Read her story!

Eight Days of Hope Comes to Our Neighborhood!

Posted 2 months ago

Read about the amazing transformations in our neighborhood completed by Eight Days of Hope and their team of volunteers!

Partner Spotlight: The Tool Library

Posted 3 months ago

Read about one of our partners, The University District Tool Library!

Summer Newsletter 2019

Posted 3 months ago

Read about what's new in Buffalo Promise Neighborhood, including the Westminster Community Charter School Plaza Events Performance, the Promise Scholars Celebration, and the end of the year carnival at Saturday Academy!

Promise Scholar Spotlight: Lamar

Posted 4 months ago

Lamar is a Promise Scholar entering his sophomore year at Canisius High School. Read his story!

Spring Newsletter 2019

Posted 6 months ago

Read about what's new in Buffalo Promise Neighborhood, including a conversation with Superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools, Dr. Kriner Cash, our visit with the Buffalo Bills and The Children's Academies' new therapy rooms!

WCCS Celebrates the Coding Club

Posted 6 months ago

M&T Bank volunteers host a fun and educational Coding Club at Westminster Community Charter School. Read more about the club and the celebration of their successful completion!

The Buffalo Bills Visit Our Schools

Posted 7 months ago

Read about the Buffalo Bills visit to Highgate Heights!

Winter Newsletter 2019

Posted 8 months ago

Read about what's new in Buffalo Promise Neighborhood, including the opening of our second Children's Academy location at Gerard Place, M&T in the BPN Community, our holiday celebrations, and a partner spotlight featuring WNY united.

Mentoring Matters: Kim & Ciraha

Posted 8 months ago

Kim, one of our newest M&T Bank mentors tells us about her journey with her new little, Ciraha!

The Children's Academy at Gerard Place Opens!

Posted 9 months ago

Buffalo Promise Neighborhood welcomes approximately 100 new children to begin school at the second Children's Academy at Gerard Place. 

Mentoring Matters: Brad & Artie

Posted 9 months ago

In recognition of National Mentoring Month, Brad discusses his experience as a BPN mentor!

Mentoring Matters: Renee & Heaven

Posted 9 months ago

One of our BPN Mentors, Renee, tells us about her experience as Big Sister!

Partner Spotlight: Belmont Housing Resources

Posted 11 months ago

Art Taggart, Housing Counselor/Financial Coach with Belmont Housing Resources for WNY discusses the BPN Parent Achievement Zone & Belmont partnership as well as the resources and services he provides for our families!

Fall Newsletter 2018

Posted 1 year ago

Read about what's new in Buffalo Promise Neighborhood, including a Partner Spotlight featuring The Teacher's Desk, M&T in the BPN Community, our Promise Scholars celebration, and The Children's Academy graduation.

BPN Celebrates the Promise Scholars

Posted 1 year ago

BPN hosts a celebratory evening for the Promise Scholars, including the very first cohort to graduate and head on to college.

Summer Newsletter 2018

Posted 1 year ago

Read about what's new in Buffalo Promise Neighborhood, including a Partner Spotlight on Independent Health, M&T in the BPN Community, and NFL Flag Football with Highgate Heights Elementary and Westminster Community Charter School.

Westminster Community Charter School and Highgate Heights Students Own the Field at New Era

Posted 1 year ago

Through a generous grant provided by the Buffalo Bills Foundation, 40 students took part in a flag football program, culminating at a game at New Era Field. 

M&T Bank, UB Athletics Host Fourth Annual ‘Basketball 101’ for Buffalo Promise Neighborhood Students

Posted 1 year ago

BUFFALO, NY — M&T Bank and the University at Buffalo Athletics Department teamed up to provide about 40 fourth- and fifth-grade students from Westminster Community Charter School and Highgate Heights Elementary School with a unique …

Wear Blue Jeans for Autism Awareness

Posted 1 year ago

Teachers, Alexandra Asis and Caitlin Finn, discuss their classrooms and Autism Awareness at Highgate Heights Elementary.

Spring Newsletter 2018

Posted 1 year ago

Read about what's new in Buffalo Promise Neighborhood, including a Partner Spotlight on Junior Achievement, a remembrance of Bob Wilmers, and a story about how the BPN schools celebrated Black History Month.

Robert Wilmers: Education Legacy

Posted 1 year ago

WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the legacy of Robert Wilmers will remain in the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood.

A Big Heart Makes a Big Difference

Posted 1 year ago

Buffalo Promise Neighborhood's partnership with M&T Bank and Big Brothers Big Sisters results in a happy mentoring relationship with Sydney and Ta'Naye!

Buffalo Promise Neighborhood Promotes Student Giving Project

Posted 1 year ago

City students from Buffalo Promise Neighborhood schools participated in a lesson of giving.

Winter Newsletter

Posted 1 year ago

Read about what's new in Buffalo Promise Neighborhood, including a Partner Spotlight on Wegmans, a welcome to the new class of AmeriCorps members, and a Mentor Spotlight with a Big and Little from our Big Brothers Big Sisters …

Library brings new promise to Buffalo neighborhood [WBFO 88.7 FM]

Posted 2 years ago

The Buffalo Promise Neighborhood has a new library. The facility, fresh from a $500,000 rehab, is located in the Westminster Community Charter School, but is also available for families.

Back to School Newsletter 2017

Posted 2 years ago

Read about what's new in our Back to School edition of the BPN Newsletter.

Buffalo East Side library reopens to the public [WGRZ]

Posted 2 years ago

City officials gathered for an event that marked the near-complete renovation of the Westminster Community Charter School Library on Buffalo's East Side. The library went through almost half of one million dollars in …

Renovations unveiled at Westminster Community Charter School [WGRZ]

Posted 2 years ago

If you had a library renovation plan with a $500,000 budget, what would you build? For Buffalo Promise Neighborhood, their answer to that question will be unveiled at 3:00 on Wednesday afternoon, from the Westminster Community Charter School …

The Westminster Community Charter School Library will have a ribbon cutting [WGRZ]

Posted 2 years ago

A library on Buffalo's east side is re-opening today after a summer full of renovations. The Westminster Community Charter School Library will have a ribbon cutting today to mark the completion of the half million dollar project.

Buffalo Promise Neighborhood to Build Second Children’s Academy on Buffalo’s East Side [Buffalo Rising]

Posted 2 years ago

$1.6 Million Investment to Create ‘Buffalo Promise Neighborhood Children’s Academy at Gerard Place’

East Side neighborhood will get second preschool [WBFO]

Posted 2 years ago

A brand new preschool will be opening next year in one of Buffalo's poorest neighborhoods. WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood has announced that M&T Bank will be investing $1.6 million to create a second …

M&T to open new preschool in East Side's Promise Neighborhood [Buffalo News]

Posted 2 years ago

A new preschool is the next piece of the puzzle in an effort to change the lives of kids and families in one of Buffalo's poorest neighborhoods.

Summer Newsletter 2017

Posted 2 years ago

Read about what's new as we head into summer in the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood Summer Newsletter.

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Buffalo Promise Neighborhood is a long-term collaboration between M&T Bank and its community to empower schools, students, and families. We understand that learning and opportunity are intrinsically connected, and that success is most meaningful when its shared by everyone.