ENERGY Literacy for Children

The ENERGY after-school program began as an outreach mission of Westminster Presbyterian Church in 1998 for youth on Buffalo's West Side. The name ENERGY reflects what we value: Education, Nurture, Encouragement, Readiness, and Growth for Youth.

Over the years, ENERGY has evolved into a robust place for children, whose families are refugees and recently immigrated to this country, to develop English-language skills, self-confidence, and cultural awareness. We are united in our belief that these students in grades 1-6 from the Buffalo Schools can indeed succeed! Our English-language learners find the confidence to meet each day, knowing that there are people at ENERGY who will guide them through their academic and social challenges. Engaging conversations over a meal, patient review and repetition during homework time, partner reading, and writing help to develop our students’ language skills. ENERGY children receive a one-on-one experience with trained volunteer tutors and staff.

The ENERGY school-year program gathers Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4:30-6:30 PM at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 724 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209. ENERGY follows the calendar of the Buffalo Public Schools.


If you are interested in enrolling your child in the program, please contact us at 716.393.4088 or awojciechowski@wedibuffalo.org.


If you are interested in reading with children, helping with homework, cooking meals, or leading lessons or activities, please apply here!