St. Paul's in the City

Facing Poverty in Rochester: 

Realities Response Reduction

Following up on last year’s series about urban education, we are planning a second series of forums which will tackle the difficult problem of poverty, focusing on the City of Rochester. Like last year, we will try to shed some light on the complexities of the issue while highlighting local efforts to help individuals and families break out of the cycle. This year there will be an opportunity to support a promising initiative on each of the three Mondays.

Three Mondays, 7 to 8:30 pm   -   Save the Dates

April 24th Mayor Lovely Warren, City of Rochester
                                   Ann Johnson, ACT Rochester

Local poverty data, Rochester Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative, local realities and responses. Learn about what is going on in our ever-changing city, the different aspects of poverty here, and the many local efforts aimed at reducing it on a multitude of fronts. For example, what people in low income neighborhoods say they need, job availability and development, transportation issues, safety, and urban development.

May 1st Dr. Anne Kress, President, Monroe Community College

MCC has long been one of the most important anti-poverty resources in the area, helping thousands exit poverty through affordable education. Join Dr. Kress as she highlights how MCC has helped students, especially those from low income neighborhoods, make the transition to college, benefit from an MCC education, and link to employment or further education afterwards.

May 8th LaShunda Leslie-Smith, Connected Communities
                          Teen Empowerment

The final program will focus on community development in two low income Rochester neighborhoods.

Connected Communities is a public/private partnership, a “Purpose Built Community” aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty in nearby Emma and Beechwood neighborhoods. Using the Asset-Based Community Development model -- doing things with the community rather than for the community and Connected Communities seeks to engage those who care about the neighborhood most: the residents who call it home.

Since 2003 the dynamic Teen Empowerment has been hiring youth organizers to partner with local community groups on the West side. Begun originally in Boston, the TE model trains local youth to effect positive change (with police and schools, for example) while building youth leadership. Follow-up studies show lasting changes for youth organizers in coping skills, employability, civic engagement and psychological health.

Both programs have attracted local and national attention and support.