A Message from the Director

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One of the fundamental values of this country is the belief in the role of education to transform lives, and support every individual to reach their highest potential.  ROC the Future affirms this belief, and stands ready to support our entire community (inside and outside of the education system) to make this happen.

We know there’s a lot of discussion in our community about the best way to support educational change. As Rochester’s cradle to career initiative to impact education, we lead efforts in many ways, but mostly as a convener and collaborator with the community, to develop solutions that work for the benefit of kids and families.  We focus specifically on improving school readiness, early grade literacy and high school graduation outcomes, key measures of well-being for children.  No single entity or organization can create the change necessary to improve these outcomes – While we believe that change is necessary, we firmly believe that change is only possible if and when we come together as a community, and affirm the African proverb – If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

As we’ve shared many times, real change in our education system must include the community as part of the process.  We stand ready to convene the multiple voices in dialogue as we work together to improve.

Thank you for your continued willingness and commitment to this work, for our children, and for our community.

ROC the Future…Focused on children’s success.  TOGETHER.