Registration for the 7th season of ‘Game Changers’ is currently underway. Game Changers is a free, six week basketball training program that offers Buffalo youth a chance to participate in a series of workshops, which include life skills development, by way of mentoring. The program kicks off on Friday, October 12, 2018 and runs through November 16, 2018 (six consecutive Fridays, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm).
Game Changers is made possible thanks to The City of Buffalo, and its partners – Buffalo Police Department, including community police officers and the BPD Neighborhood Engagement Team (BPD NET), Buffalo Peacemakers, the City of Buffalo Department of Community Services, the North East Basketball Club, Buffalo Police Athletic League of Buffalo (PAL), Kids Escaping Drugs, MVP, MBK, Say Yes Buffalo, city youth and representatives from The Delavan Grider Community Center, and Erie County Division of Youth (a sponsor).
New this year are two parenting engagement workshops, hosted by the Most Valuable Parent (MVP). The Friday night workshops will be offered November 2 and November 9.
Mayor Byron Brown stated, “This program is much more than a basketball program. Through Game Changers, participants will be introduced to role models, and given a vision of hope and a reminder that through dedication and perseverance, anything is possible.”
Since first launching the Game Changers, over 1000 city youth have participated. The program takes place at the Delavan/Grider Community Center and The Belle Community Center. As kids learn some serious basketball skills, they also learn about game changing ways that they can better themselves. Each session delivers a new forward thinking message relating to life enhancements that include Public Service, Character Development, Empowered Youth, and Peer to Peer.
All Game Changer participants must register! To register on line, go to buffalony.gov. For more information about the Game Changers program, contact the City of Buffalo Department of Community Services at (716) 851-5887.