We designed our FLY Program to meet the specific needs of middle-school students from refugee families on the West Side of Buffalo. FLY students are from various countries, including Burma, Burundi, Ethiopia, Iraq, Nepal, Rwanda, and Somalia. Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE) and English Language Learners (ELLs), refugee students play an endless game of academic catch-up. Without assistance, many would be lost in a new school system, in a language that is unfamiliar to them, and with new ‘cultural rules.’ With a low student-to-mentor ratio, we provide academic support that helps our students overcome many of the barriers that they face. We conduct our program in English, allowing our students to grow in their ability to converse, write, and read in this language. We provide:

  • one-on-one homework help for all academic subjects

  • project-based learning curriculum that provides a structured atmosphere, giving way for positive enforcement of pro-social behaviors

  • book clubs that work at each student's level to increase their comfort and love of reading

The FLY school-year program meets Monday through Thursday from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM and follows the Buffalo Public Schools calendar. The summer program runs Monday through Thursday from 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM.  

For more information about participating in FLY, please contact the program coordinator, Donna Glasgow:

Email: | Phone: 716-853-9469

For more information about volunteering with FLY, please click here or contact a WEDI associate at 716-393-4088