Teen Empowerment Awards

Teen Empowerment awards

Congratulations to Rosemary Rivera and Ajamu Kitwana for receiving the Peacemaker in Action Award and Champion for Youth Leadership Award, respectively, at the 2018 Teen Empowerment Community Luncheon.  Continue reading

2018 Cradle to Career Network Convening

Strive Convening 2018

Join StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network members from across the country for the ninth annual Cradle to Career Network Convening! This year’s theme is Go Far, Go Together: Uniting in Pursuit of Equity for Every Child. Come learn, share and network with others doing similar work and facing similar challenges in improving educational outcomes and changing systems. Attendees at last year’s national convening gained concrete tools and ideas about accelerating progress in their local communities. This year’s event will also feature Dr. Jill Biden as closing keynote speaker. Continue reading

Get ahead of Summer Slide with ReadyRosie


Development of the third Outcome Team focused on Early Grade Reading is underway. Mayor Lovely A. Warren is leading this team in addition to Patty Uttaro (Rochester Public Library Director), Danielle Lyman-Torres (Commissioner of Recreation & Youth Services), Henry Fitts, (Director for the Office of Innovation), and Karen Fahy (Executive Director of ELA Integrated Literacy). This group is tasked with ensuring students are reading on grade level and supporting students being developmentally on track by 3rd grade. With summer right around the corner, the team is looking at ways to better engage parents to help beat summer slide among students up to third grade. Continue reading

ROC On Awards

ROC On Awards

Congratulations to the Greater Rochester Quality Council (GRQC), St. John Fisher College (SJFC) and the Farash Foundation on being recipients of the first-ever ROC On Awards! The ROC On Awards recognize Convener member organizations for their work as collective impact champions and support of ROC the Future (RTF). Continue reading

Progress on the High School Graduation Outcome Team

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On April 20th, ROC the Future convened its third Outcome Team meeting around high school graduation. This work is being led by Linus Guillory, RCSD Deputy Superintendent, Hank Rubin, Vice President of Rochester Area Community Foundation, and Rosemary Rivera of the School-Climate Task Force. We are making a conscious effort to be more clear and deliberate about how we’re talking about and using data. We are proud to announce the members of our newly formed Data Advisory Team for this Outcome Team: Continue reading

Update on the New Outcomes Framework

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In December 2017, Conveners adopted a new framework for ROC the Future. This framework is organized around three priority areas – School Readiness, High School Graduation and Early Grade Reading. Efforts toward improving school readiness are being led by the Children’s Institute through our School Readiness CAN, which has been renamed the School Readiness Outcome Team. In the new framework, Outcome Teams will lead efforts to identify contributing factors for each of the outcomes, identify which factors are most important, and assess which are being addressed by existing organizations and identify gaps. Newly developed Strategy Teams will create gap closure plans, implement actions and track metrics for implementation, and review progress to maintain gains. Continue reading

Making a Case for Community Schools

Community schools

What would educational outcomes look like if every school in our community was a hub and access point for services children and families need? A Community School is just that. It is both a place and strategy for organizing resources around the needs of students and families to provide critical elements that students and families need to thrive. A Community School addresses the needs of the “whole child” and “whole family.” They are defined by how they organize their assets and resources to address the needs of their students, families, and neighborhoods. A successful Community School has these core elements: Continue reading

Welcome our New Family & Community Engagement Manager


The Children’s Agenda is pleased to welcome Tanishia Johnson as the ROC the Future Family & Community Engagement Manager. Tanishia has had a 13-year career in the Rochester City School District holding various roles such as School Counselor, Student and Family Support Center Coordinator and College Coach. As Coordinator of programs for expectant and parenting students; she instituted the first parenting class in the Rochester City School District for expectant and parenting students. Continue reading