ROC the Future Conveners’ Retreat

Conveners Nancy Forgue (Dept. of Human Services) and Ida Perez (Ibero) identify priority areas for 2017.

Conveners Nancy Forgue (Dept. of Human Services) and Ida Perez (Ibero) identify priority areas for 2017.

On Friday, August 12th ROC the Future held its annual Conveners’ Retreat at the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center.  Convener’s heard “creative reports” from the Collaborative Action Networks (CANs) and Convener Committees, and approved Governance resolutions to add 3 new Convener member organizations, and adjustments to the By-Laws.

A major activity of the retreat was the selection of priority focus areas and key objectives for 2017 from the following list:

  1. Community Knowledge
  2. Community Engagement/Involvement
  3. Funding/Sustainability/Public Relations
  4. Equity – Eliminating Disparities
  5. Influencing Policy
  6. Data Usage
Overall, the retreat helped to reemphasize the shared leadership and sense of ownership of RTF’s work and successes, by better integrating the Convener group with the work of the CANs, and the development of leadership action commitments to advance ROC the Future in the coming year. The retreat concluded with our 2nd Annual ROCky Awards presentation for outstanding work in the past year.
Conveners Mario Urso (Bonadio Group), Larry Marx (The Children’s Agenda), and Terry Hartmann (Children’s Institute) work on their Action Commitments for 2017.

Conveners Mario Urso (Bonadio Group), Larry Marx (The Children’s Agenda), and Terry Hartmann (Children’s Institute) work on their Action Commitments for 2017.

Conveners retreat

Jerome Underwood accepting a “ROCky Award” on behalf of the School Attendance CAN, for reducing chronic absence in each category, for the 2015-16 school year.