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Youth Programs

Youth Programs

Emerging Leaders High School Program

Program Emphasis

Modeled off the success of its core program, Leadership Rochester™ Emerging Leaders program builds youth leadership through meaningful engagement in real community issues. This program establishes a class of approximately 20 high school students from diverse backgrounds and brings them together for bi-monthly program sessions. Targeted students will have leadership potential, but might not have held leadership positions in their schools or in their community. High School students will be selected from urban, suburban, private and public schools to participate in the program. Participants will work together on a culminating project to be presented at the graduation ceremony in May.  


Program Goals

  • Provide issue oriented education and dialogue on timely topics in the Greater Rochester area
  • Connect students to resources and opportunities to further participants™ leadership, career and educational goals while building an ethic of civic engagement
  • Encourage cross-cultural leadership while fostering relationships among youth in different parts of Monroe County
  • Increase the number of students who choose to remain/return to Rochester after graduation
  • Equip youth with knowledge, skills, connections and experience needed for leadership
  • Help youth develop a sense of civic and personal responsibility cultivated through extended individual projects in their home school/community
  • Foster a lifelong commitment to and understanding of servant leadership

The Emerging Leaders Program is generously supported by the Rochester Area Community Foundation

UPDATE:   The 2019 Emerging Leaders Class is not yet open for application. You may review our 2018 application.  If you're interested in receiving an alert when the 2019 class information is released, please email us.


Download Information and Application (Print & Submit) or Review 2018 Online Application  

Past Youth Programming

Leadership Rochester formerly ran two college programs co-created with the University of Rochester. In 2002 the Urban Fellows had its pilot year. A total of 85 students participated in the program during Leadership Rochester's tenure from 2002-2007. In 2008 Leadership Rochester gave its template to the University of Rochester as it continued to run the program. In 2001 Leadership Rochester and the University of Rochester designed the Civic Engagement Program for college students with an interest in civic and community service. This program graduated its final class in 2006.

Urban Fellows Program

Students from Rochester and from Rochester-area colleges participated in paid summer fellowships sponsored by University of Rochester and Leadership Rochester. Stipends funded these ten-week summer fellowships in Rochester area nonprofit organizations. This program was made possible through grants from the Rochester Area Community Foundation, the Kauffman Foundation, City Councilmember Dana K Miller, and Senator Joseph Robach. The Urban Fellows program emphasized teaching the value of civic engagement to young college aged students through their direct involvement and study of local government as well as promoting trust and tolerance among the diverse people recruited to the project. The program trained area college students for involvement in the community on a deeper and more meaningful level. Over the six years of the program the students have represented all eight area colleges and the Rochester natives have represented Alfred, Howard, Southern California, Harvard, Delaware, Brandeis, Georgetown, Brown, Russell Sage, Wells, Mt. Holyoke, Ithaca, Vassar, Bennett College for Women, North Carolina A&T State University, Buffalo State College, Keuka, SUNY Stony Brook, and Cornell.

Civic Engagement Program

Leadership Rochester, working in cooperation with area colleges and business leaders, established the Civic Engagement Leadership Program in 2001. This program was designed for students from area colleges and universities with a demonstrated interest in civic and community service. Built on the success of Leadership Rochester in preparing area leaders for an increasing role in the civic concerns of Rochester, this program, too, would run a series of workshops to teach students about such structures as the health care, criminal justice, educational, economic and cultural systems. The workshops specifically examined Rochester institutions and services, but had broad application and meaning to those living and working in other urban areas. The program ran from October through April. Participating Universities: Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Rochester, SUNY Brockport, St. John Fisher College, Monroe Community College (Damon & Brighton Campus), Roberts Wesleyan College, SUNY Brockport and Nazareth College.

Contributing Partners

  • Hillside Work Scholarship Connection
  • Rochester Area Community Foundation
  • The City of Rochester