Celebrate Black History Month!

February 8, 2023

Black History Month is a time to celebrate the fullness of African American history and culture! The 2023 Black History Month theme is Black Resistance, and there are many ways to celebrate around the community. Check out our list of learning opportunities and upcoming events.

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Black History Month Web Portal

National Endowment for the Humanities – African American History and Culture in the United States

National Park Service – Black History Month

Smithsonian Institution – National Museum of African American History and Culture

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum – Black History Month

February 2023

The City of Rochester has created a full calendar of events and the Rochester Museum and Science Center is hosting events each weekend in February. 

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History is hosting virtual events all month long, including a virtual festival. Click here for the full calendar.

The Black Students Union at Eastman presents “Sounds of History,” A Black History Month Recital on February 9th.

Black History Month DeTOUR℠ on February 9th with Calvin Eaton from 540 WMain.

Click the photos below for more information.

SAVE THE DATE: Youth Leadership Summit 2023

Youth United: Building a Better Rochester

Together with Youth Voice One Vision, Teen Empowerment, and the Levine Center to End Hate, ROC the Future Alliance will host Youth United: Building a Better Rochester. This year’s event will take place on Friday, April 28, 2023, from 9:30am – 2:30pm at Nazareth College.

Youth are invited to take part in this event to gather as change makers and urge stakeholders to act by highlighting opportunities for change and success.

Registration information forthcoming.

Summit Goals: 

  • To host an event for youth, by youth to work collaboratively together for change.
  • Provide resources to support social-emotional growth and mental health among youth. 
  • Curate a space where youth are inspired through workshops, a keynote and influential speakers. 

Youth Blog by Patrick McDermott

My name is Patrick McDermott and I have been a member of the Youth Leadership Coalition (YLC) for the past 3 years. I have grown a lot in just 3 years as a participant of the YLC. My leadership, training, and public speaking skills have been sharpened as a result of my participation. All of these skills have greatly improved because of the fantastic Train-the-Trainer model we implement at YLC.

The Spread Karma team, who works with the YLC as a consulting group, was a tremendous help and were great trainers during my first year in YLC. They built up my public speaking skills through different activities like the "hot seat” where you speak on a random topic in front of all the other participants. These kinds of exercises helped me come out of my shell and prepared me to be a trainer. Once I became a trainer the following year, I experienced challenges but was motivated intrinsically because I know the only way to improve as a trainer is to do more training!

The Spread Karma team coached us on what we needed to improve on and how to lead more effectively. This is when I believe that my leadership skills and training ability came into their own. At the end of the 2nd year, me and a fellow YLC trainer, Lavender, as well as a former trainee/ now trainer, Kayshawna, got the opportunity to run a workshop on collective impact at a youth summit in Albany. This really let us showcase how far we have come and how much we have improved. This is the 3rd year that I will be participating in YLC, and I am extremely excited to see how much more I will improve and where I will be at the end of this year!

Strategizing for the New Year

The Parent Engagement Collaborative Action Network (PECAN) is a group for parents, led by parents. We held our second strategy meeting to determine priorities for 2023 and beyond. During this session, we conducted a SWOT analysis to determine our Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats as a workgroup. Next, we will be determining major themes and working to develop a plan to leverage the expertise of parents to co-lead the work of the Alliance. 

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