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Youth Programs

Youth Programs

Emerging Leaders High School Program

Leadership Rochester fosters a deeper understanding of our community and leadership development of a diverse cross-section of local leaders. Modeled off the success of its signature adult program, this Emerging Leaders program will establish a cohort of 15-25 high school students and bring them together for 8 full program sessions. Teens build leadership skills while connecting directly with a wide range of leaders across Greater Rochester.  

Participants learn to identify concrete ways they can positively engage as youth leaders in their communities. Program sessions are held at different sites across the city of Rochester. Experiential locations help students actively expand their awareness and connection to Rochester.

Program Goals

·       Encourage cross-cultural leadership while fostering relationships among a diverse cohort.

·       Broaden exposure and awareness of Rochester’s local neighborhoods and diverse history. 

·       Provide applied education experiences and dialogue on timely topics and issues affecting the Greater Rochester area.

·       Equip youth with leadership competencies and skills that can help empower them to positively affect change in their community. 

·       Connect students to opportunities to further their leadership, career and educational goals while building an civic engagement ethic.

Eligible Students

·       Students in 10 through 12th Graders in the Greater Rochester Region

·       Attending an urban, suburban, private, parochial, or home school

·       Have leadership potential but may not yet have held leadership positions.

·       Open to strengthening themselves and their community through personal leadership development and service to others.

Program Dates

Each day will be held at a different location. Students must attend opening retreat and should not miss more than one program day.

Saturday       April 6            9:00 am –1:00 pm      OPENING RETREAT       

Thursday      April 11           4:00 – 7:00 pm           COMMUNITY        

Thursday      April 25           4:00 – 7:00 pm           POWER    

Thursday      May 2              4:00 – 7:00 pm           SOCIAL CHANGE  

Thursday      May 9              4:00 – 7:00 pm           POLICY

Thursday      May 16            4:00 – 7:00 pm           LOCAL GOVERNMENT    

Thursday      May 23             4:00 – 7:00 pm          DAY OF SERVICE

Thursday      May 30             5:00 – 8:00 pm          GRADUATION  

Download Program Guide and Printable Application

Apply Online

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APPLICATIONS WILL CLOSE MARCH 22 (Applications may close earlier if the class fills.)

For questions, email us at Youth@LeadershipRochester.org

Program Sponsors

  • Rochester Area Community Foundation
  • ESL Charitable Foundation 
  • Wegmans

Collaborative Partners

  • The City of Rochester
  • Children Awaiting Parents
  • Susan B Anthony House
  • Rochester Police Department
  • Rochester City School District
  • Monroe County Urban Suburban Program
  • Hillside Work Scholarship Connection
  • 540WMain
  • Rochester Police Department
  • FoodLink
  • St Marks and St Johns Episcopal Church

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.