WEDI Educational Programming 



Launching High School Students Into A Future Of Opportunity

For the first time, we will be Launch-ing our pilot workforce development and career exploration high school program at Lafayette High School.


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Academic Support

Soft Skills Development

This program is geared towards preparing English Language Learners (ELLs) as well as Students with Interrupted Formal Education not only for their coming years in high school but for life after high school as well. We will work with students on developing organizational skills, studying techniques, writing clear and well-formed essays, etc.

Our schedule will provide homework help, a hot dinner provided by Buffalo Public Schools, and at least an hour of activity time, which could include, but is not limited to, guest speakers, projects, financial literacy, college prep, and job readiness training.
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Career Exploration

Meaningful Experience

 Through partnerships with local organizations like Mission Ignite: Powered by Computers for Children, which will teach students how to build a computer and basic Microsoft Office skills, The Foundry, which will expose students to possible STEM careers, WEDI clients, which will expose students to successful entrepreneurs, and community members, our students will be provided support throughout their four years of high school and will feel ready for whatever career or higher education they may wish to pursue afterwards.

We will offer academic support, college prep guidance, shadowing and internship opportunities, financial management, and so much more, in order to combat the low graduation rates and job readiness for ELLs in our community.


The Launch school-year program meets at Lafayette High School, Monday through Thursday from 4:05 PM to 6:30 PM, and follows the Buffalo Public Schools calendar.
For more information about participating in Launch, please contact the program coordinator, Courtney Yonce:
Email: | Phone: 716-364-3988
For more information about volunteering with Launch, please click here
or contact a WEDI associate at 716-393-4088.