Pencils & Paper is a program of Jewish Family Service that helps students in need by providing their teachers with the opportunity to shop for free school supplies for their classrooms. The challenges to our community and schools are well-known. Pencils & Paper helps by making sure that financially vulnerable students have access to the basic tools for learning. Pencils & Paper primary focus will be serving schools where 70% or more of the students are receiving free or subsidized meals. If you are interested in learning more about Pencils & Paper, donating or volunteering, please contact Howard Grossman, Pencils & Paper Program Coordinator, at 585-506-3071 or 585-461-0110 x109.
The Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty (RMAPI) Initiative and ROC the Future congratulated new members of our Community Advisory Council, who were officially “commissioned” on Tuesday, February 7th.
The goal of the Community Advisory Council is to bring neighborhood leaders to the table in order to work more closely with Rochester’s leadership as stakeholders and decision-makers for the community. Each Council member had to undergo a vigorous selection process, which included being nominated by their neighbors to participate on their behalf, as well as group interviews with the Community Advisement Team, and RMAPI Community Engagement Specialist, Tori Toliver-Powers and David Markakis, their Vista Intern. Continue reading
Reading proficiency by third grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success. Yet, every year more than 80% of low-income children miss this crucial milestone, including Rochester’s children, with just 8.2% passing last year’s New York State reading assessment. Since 2011, our efforts to improve the number of children reading on grade level by 3rd grade have primarily consisted of targeted school readiness supports, improving school attendance and enhancing the quality of out-of-school time learning. We’ve also expanded our focus to other outcome areas of the cradle-to-career continuum, defined by StriveTogether as the 6 key measures of well-being for children and youth: Kindergarten Readiness; 3rd Grade Reading; 8th Grade Math; High School Graduation; College Enrollment; & College Completion. And we’ve made some progress. Continue reading
Did you know that New York State is currently one of only 2 states in the nation that treats 16- and 17-year olds as adults in the criminal justice system? And that this policy leads to increased crime upon release and compromised futures for the young people it affects? Continue reading
On Thursday, February 2nd a press conference was held at The Children’s Agenda with Mayor Lovely A. Warren, RCSD Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Dr. Kendra March, and ROC the Future Alliance Director Jackie Campbell to announce the partnership to provide ReadyRosie to city parents with children ages 0-5. Continue reading
The Greater Rochester Afterschool Leadership Summit brought together education, afterschool, business, philanthropy, community based, elected, and municipal leaders in the community to learn and discuss the value of an afterschool system as part of an interconnected system of services for youth. The purpose of the summit was to support social and emotional learning, academic success, and the development of 21st century skills to promote readiness for college, career, and life. Continue reading
News 8 has partnered with the Rochester Education Foundation to provide in-kind media sponsorship of FAFSA Fest events. On January 31st News 8 hosted a call-in show on financial aid with experts who answered questions from parents, students and community members on the financial aid process. They received a total of 83 calls.
The remaining dates to receive free help with FASFA are:
February 11th at Frederick Douglas R-Center
February 21st at Maplewood Library
March 4th at Franklin High School
Excitement is brewing here at ROC the Future for this new and exciting early education tool that is currently helping schools and communities across the nation deepen and scale their parent engagement efforts. We know that parent engagement is essential to educational success for Rochester’s children. That’s why we’ve partnered with ReadyRosie to get high quality early childhood educational tools directly into the hands of parents and caregivers of 0-5 year olds. Continue reading
On January 30th, the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), the Greater Rochester After-School Alliance (GRASA), the City of Rochester and ROC the Future will host an Afterschool Leadership Summit. Community leaders will discuss the value of an afterschool system as part of an interconnected system of services for youth that supports social and emotional learning, academic success, and the development of 21st century skills to promote readiness for college, career, and life. The summit will also feature presentations and interactive sessions with national experts and afterschool champions from other leading cities, along with key voices from the local community, to collectively inform the region’s strategic priorities for youth moving forward. Registration for the summit is full. Stay tuned for a recap of the summit in our next newsletter.
This year students will have seven opportunities to complete and submit their college financial aid forms. This comes as a result of generous sponsors, volunteers and supporters. Research shows that students who apply for and receive financial aid persist in college at greater rates than students who don’t. That’s why the College Access Network CAN, chaired by the Rochester Education Foundation, leads the work to increase the number of students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA), and encourages Rochester students to go to college. Last year more than 350 students participated and the College Access CAN expects the number to increase this year. There has been a 25 percent increase in city students filing their FAFSA forms early, when the most financial aid is available. This is significant because students who file early in January, February or March on average receive more funding from federal, state and college sources compared to those who file later in the year. This year’s FASFA Fest kicks off today at the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center. More on the FASFA Fest can be found here.