Junior League of Buffalo /
The Buffalo News Education Center

If you have any questions about our literacy and outreach programs, please call Amanda:  (716) 897-9948 x 116.

Gerard Place's Education Building welcomes not only residents, but any community member who wishes to take part. Much of the programming listed below exists due to partnerships with local agencies and businesses.

Junior League of Buffalo /<br /> The Buffalo News Education Center

Pharmacy Tech

Programs by Trocaire College at Gerard Place's Community Center.  call: (716) 827-4310 to register.

High School Equivalency (GED)

Tuition is free!  The program is offered Monday through Friday between 8:30-11:30 a.m. and Monday through Thursday between 12:30-3:30 p.m. for individuals age 17 and older. Students work one-on-one and in small groups with tutors.  Contact Amanda @ (716) 897-9948 x 116 for information.

National External Diploma Program (NEDP)

NEDP is a nationally and state recognized computer-based program for motivated out-of-school youth, and adults with life and work experience.  The NEDP is not a test, but a flexible, self-paced assessment program where students work independently on a series of online assignments that cover a variety of academic subjects.  NEDP is flexible, can be done at home, and fits in with most busy schedules.  There are no classes involved.  Students meet in person with their NEDP advisor to review their progress approximately every 1-2 weeks for 1 hour.  Students who complete NEDP are awarded with a New York State High School Equivalency Diploma by the New York State Department of Education.

Who is the NEDP good for?

The NEDP is ideal for people who:

  • suffer from test anxiety or find timed tests challenging
  • work or have other obligations that affect their ability to attend class
  • struggle with higher level math
  • are not native English speakers
  • who are motivated and can work independently

The average time to complete the program varies, but many students finish in 6-12 months, depending on how quickly the assignments are satisfactorily completed.  For more general information on NEDP click here or if you are interested in the NEDP at Gerard Place, contact Amanda @ (716) 897-9948 x 116.

Life Skill Classes

Gerard Place offers a variety of life skill classes to residents and community members.  These classes cover a wide range of topics including: parenting, budgeting and money management, nutrition, job readiness training, and spirituality.  They are designed to empower attendees with the goal of achieving greater self-sufficiency. For more information, contact Sasha @ (716) 897-9948 x 104.

Catholic Urban Outreach Network (CUON)

CUON is an alliance of Catholic parishes and organizations brought together for the people of WNY.  The primary goal of this program is to quickly connect individuals with the support they need.  Any one of the partners can assist with getting medical care, food, clothing, emotional support, and spiritual guidance among many other services.  You do not need to be Catholic for services.   For more information, please call (716) 897-9948 x 103.

Infant Safe Sleep Class

Learn how to help your infant to sleep safely in your home.  Classes are held on a regular basis and a free Pack 'n Play portable crib is provided at the end of the class.  For more information, please call Kaitlin @ (716) 897-9948 x 114.

Michael's Closet

Are you in the need of clothing for you or your family?  Please call Sister Maureen for an appointment: (716) 897-9948 x 103.




For information about any of Gerard Place’s Programs and Services, Call (716) 897-9948