A Message from the Director… ROC the Future Welcomes Shaun Nelms as New Board Chair

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Congratulations and welcome aboard Shaun Nelms as Chair of the ROC the Future Convener Board! We are so excited to have Dr. Nelms’ leadership as we continue to focus on children’s success TOGETHER. Since our inception in 2011, we’ve employed a collective impactive approach to ensure all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Today, our mission remains the same. We are committed to bringing cross-sector partners together to promote the alignment of community resources to improve the academic achievement of Rochester’s children. Continue reading

Spread the Word – Free Meals Available for Kids this Summer

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Every summer, locations all across the city are offering free meals to Rochester youth 18 and younger, but many city residents don’t know about this great resource. Help spread the word online and with those you come in contact with every day. Access free materials here.

Register for the Community Schools Summit

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Join us on August 19th for a day of reflection, growth, engagement, and collaboration on the James Monroe High School campus. There will be breakout sessions throughout the day, opportunities for networking, and a closer look at the different Community Schools in the Rochester City School District.  Breakfast and a light lunch will be served. Registration begins at 8:15am.  Please click the link here to register to attend

Community Schools Spotlight: Mary McLeod Bethune School #45​

When you walk into the main entrance to Mary McLeod Bethune School #45, there is always someone to greet you with a smile on their face and a warm welcome.  Over the past four years, School #45 has made the transition into a true “Community School” through the leadership of building Principal Rhonda Morien and collaborative work of Community Schools Site Coordinator Luis Zarate.  By utilizing the school’s lead partnership with the Center for Youth and several other Community Based Organizations, every stakeholder from students, staff, families and partners plays a vital role in the day to day operations within and outside of the building. The work that has taken place also led to the school being removed from the NYSED Receivership Schools List as of July 1st, 2019. Continue reading

StriveTogether Releases first Annual Report 

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Last month, StriveTogether released their first annual report detailing the impact of the Cradle to Career work on the lives of 13.7 million children across 29 states and Washington, D.C. Read the full report here.

Register for the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Convening 


Join StriveTogether for the 10th annual Cradle to Career Network Convening — a gathering of changemakers united in the work of breaking down barriers and creating opportunities for every child, regardless of race or zip code.

At the 2019 convening, you’ll learn and connect with 400 local leaders and experts; hear from engaging keynote speakers; and choose from more than 50 interactive sessions and workshops. Please click the link here to register to attend.

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. Continue reading

Community Schools Highlight – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School #9

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From the moment that you step foot into Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School #9, you feel the sense of family, community, and passion for learning. The various examples of student work from across grade levels line the hallway walls.  The branches on the tree mural displays the different community based partners that invest into the Community School Initiative at School 9.  And, of course there is Sharon Jackson, the school principal at MLK Community School #9 for over seventeen years.  You may see her hugging a student in the hallway or warming a student’s meal during lunch, it is evident that student’s well-being, education, and growth always come first.  Continue reading

Summer Reading at the Central Library

Summer Reading at the Library

Each summer the Monroe County Library System and Rochester Public Library participate in the New York State Library Summer Reading Program.  This year’s slogan is “A Universe of Stories” to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The goal of summer reading programs are: Continue reading

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