What is ROC the Future?

ROC the Future is a community cradle to career collaboration for improving academic achievement for children in the city of Rochester, NY. Our work is based on the data-driven StriveTogether framework. Our efforts are currently focused on School Readiness, Early Grade Literacy, and High School Graduation.

Our Mission

ROC the Future is an alliance of over 60 leading Rochester-area institutions and community partners that promotes alignment of community resources to improve the academic achievement of Rochester’s children.

We will achieve this using a collective impact approach. No one individual or business can accomplish significant change by themselves. By working together, funders, providers, and staff are focused on a common agenda. Our efforts are based on evidence-based practice and measured by ROC the Future Annual Report Cards Collectively, we can and will create opportunities for success for every child, from cradle to career.

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Help Us Make an Impact

We want you to be a part of our collective impact. You can make a difference in the future of Rochester City School District’s students. Whether you’re a parent, an educator, a local business, or a concerned citizen, we need your help. Contact us today to help us provide strategic assistance, network communications, and high-quality resources for students.


Action for a Better Community, represented by
Jerome Underwood
Gladys Pedraza-Burgos

Center for Governmental Research*, represented by
Erika Rosenberg

The Children’s Agenda*, represented by
Jeff Kaczorowski‡
Larry Marx†

Children’s Institute*, represented by
Ann Marie White
Terry Hartmann†‡
Dirk Hightower† (School Readiness Outcome Team)

City of Rochester, represented by
Mayor Lovely Warren
Sandra Simon‡, ROC the Future Secretary

Common Ground Health, represented by
Wade Norwood
Dina Faticone

East High School in Partnership with the University of Rochester, represented by
Shaun Nelms†, ROC the Future Chair
Lorna Washington

ESL Federal Credit Union, represented by
Ajamu Kitwana†
Maureen Wolfe

Farash Foundation, represented by
Megan Bell
Holli Budd‡

Great Schools for All, represented by
Don Pryor
Mark Hare

Greater Rochester Health Foundation, represented by
Matthew Kuhlenbeck
Heidi Burke

Healthy Baby Network, represented by
Sherita Bullock (Perinatal Collaborative Action Network)

Ibero American Action League, represented by
Angelica Perez-Delgado‡

JPMorgan Chase, represented by
Matthew Duncan

Monroe Community College, represented by
Andrea Wade
Shawanda Evans

Monroe County, represented by
Corinda Crossdale

Nazareth College, represented by
Daan Braveman
Katie DaBoll-Lavoie
Lisa Hiley† (School Readiness Outcome Team)

North East Charter School Network, represented by
Anna Hall
Ashara Baker

NYS Senate, represented by
Senator Joe Robach

Rochester Area Community Foundation*, represented by
Jennifer Leonard
Simeon Banister
Chris Dandino (Expanded Learning Opportunities Collaborative Action Network)

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, represented by
Adrian Hale

NYS Assembly, represented by
Assemblymember Harry Bronson

Rochester City Council, represented by
Malik Evans

Rochester City School Board, represented by
Van White

Rochester City School District, represented by
Superintendent Lesli Myers-Small
Annmarie Lehner

Rochester Education Foundation, represented by
Stuart Hencke (College Access Collaborative Action Network)

Rochester Educational Opportunity Center, represented by
Roosevelt Mareus†‡

Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative
Aqua Porter
Takiyah Butler

Rochester Public Library, represented by
Patricia Uttaro
Tolley Reeves

St. John Fisher College, represented by
Kevin Railey
Dianne Cooney-Miner

The College at Brockport, represented by
Heidi Macpherson
Katy Heyning

The United Way, represented by
Jaime Saunders
Jenn Cathy

US Congressman Joe Morelle

US Senator Kristen Gillibrand, represented by
Sarah Clark

*Provides backbone staff support
†Executive Committee

ROC the Future at the Children’s Institute
274 N. Goodman Street, Suite D103
Rochester, NY 14607

Monday - Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM