March news & updates

March 6, 2023 | Issue 24

Outcomes Team Meetings

Whole Child Initiative – March 8 or 15, 2023 

PECAN Public Session – March 16, 2023 

High School Graduation – March 28, 2023 

Convener Meeting

Convener Meeting – April 14, 2023

Save the Date: Youth Leadership Summit

Message from the Executive Director

My hope emerges from those places of struggle where I witness individuals positively transforming their lives and the world around them. Educating is a vocation rooted in hopefulness. As teachers we believe that learning is possible, that nothing can keep an open mind from seeking after knowledge and finding a way to know.” – bell hooks 

Dear Friends, 

Happy Women’s History Month! 

As a community, we are rightfully proud of our legacy of activism and our standing as a community that has been at the forefront of the push for equitable outcomes for all people.  


Urban League joins ROC the Future Alliance

ROC the Future is pleased to welcome the Urban League of Rochester to our alliance! The Urban League’s mission is to enable African Americans, Latinxs, the poor, and other disadvantaged to secure economic self-reliance, parity and power, and civil rights. The Urban League of Rochester (ULR) offers over 30 programs in youth services, services for individuals with developmental disabilities, economic development, employment, family and children services, education, homeownership, and entrepreneurial assistance. 

Its two convener representatives will be Wanda Cooper, Chief Operating Officer, and Taurean Uthman, VP of Education and Youth Service. We believe ULR’s mission, vision, talent, connections, resources, and services will contribute to our mission to transform systems to improve outcomes for children and families.  

Meet Jasmin Vega, new parent Co-Chair of Whole Child Intiative

Jasmin Vega Sees a Bright Future for Rochester's Children & Families

When ROC the Future set out to find a new co-chair for the Whole Child Outcome Team (WCOT), Jasmin Vega emerged as an obvious choice. Despite joining the organization just two months ago, she’s made a powerful first impression. At every Parent/Family Partner meeting, Jasmin is the first to offer an acknowledgement, affirmation or encouraging word to lift the team’s spirits.  

Jasmin believes a positive outlook and the courage to speak out against inequity are essential to the work that she and her fellow Parent/Family Partners are leading for the Whole Child Initiative. To improve the community, she says, “Parents have to speak up, ask for support, and love ourselves.”  

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Youth Leaders partner with Naz Students

Encouraging children and teens to thrive in positive, healthy, and safe environments is the focus of Nazareth College’s community youth development (CYD) program. During February Recess, students from the Youth Leadership Coalition, Levine Center to End Hate and Youth Vision One Voice met with CYD students to share with these future youth workers what good youth work looks like, sound like, and feels like from their perspective as youth. They also got to collaborate with the CYD students and their peers to develop a draft outline of their respective workshops for the Youth Summit. 

The summit will take place on April 28, 2023. Registration details will be available soon.

Register for the March PECAN Meeting

The Parent Engagement Collaborative Action Network is excited to identify priorities for 2023 and build and strengthen connections and relationships between and among PECAN Leadership members and stakeholders.

During the February convener meeting, Janice Kpor, incoming co-chair and Maurice Haskins, outgoing co-chair, shared with Conveners the highlights from recent PECAN strategy sessions. At our next public session, we will share the priorities identified from those sessions as well as the learnings coming out of the Healthy and Equitable Futures Learning Collaborative.  

Parent voice is essential as we get closer to determining PECAN’s direction for 2023 and beyond. Join us for the PECAN Public Session on Thursday, March 16, 2023, from 6-7:30pm via Zoom.

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Join us for the High School Graduation Outcomes Team Meeting

We invite you to join us for the next High School Graduation Outcomes Team meeting on March 28th from 6pm – 7:30pm via Zoom. The team is in the process of determining strategy in the areas of high school graduation, attendance, and the 9th grade experience. 

Our co-chairs facilitated a breakout session during the Convener meeting to share our progress to date.  

In the months ahead, we will begin to: 

  • Finalize the strategies identified thus far, 
  • Determine for whom the strategy is actionable, 
  • Develop action plans for each strategy, and 
  • Initiate a marketing campaign to Education Service Providers. 

Use this link to join the HSGOT distribution list. We look forward to seeing you on March 28th at 6pm.  

C.O.R.E. Module 2 Coming Soon

We are proud to share that between August 2022 - January 2023, 75 alliance members completed C.O.R.E. Module 1! This includes conveners, High School Graduation Outcomes Team, PECAN, Whole Child Initiative, and backbone members. 

C.O.R.E. Module 2, coming in April, will focus on racially equitable collective impact, shifting power dynamics, and being an antiracist Alliance member. 

C.O.R.E., which stands for Community Onboarding & Reboarding Experience, is a customized learning series that will help us approach the collective work of the alliance with more alignment. C.O.R.E. was founded because building a foundation of shared understanding is a critical step toward systems change and transformation. Through C.O.R.E., we are building relationships & trust, deepening our understanding of racial equity, and moving toward the mental model level of systems change. 

Learning to ROAR as You SOAR: Wilson Foundation's February Recess Boot Camp

This month, Willie Robinson, ROC the Future’s Operations Director, was invited to speak at Wilson Foundation Academy’s February Recess Boot Camp for students in K- 6th grade. The boot camp was designed to provide students who self-selected to attend with additional assistance in ELA, math and science. 

Willie’s presentation was entitled, Learning to ROAR as you SOAR. Both words are acronyms which stand for:


On task

Always safe



Safe choices

Organized and ready

Act responsibly, and


Willie’s interactive presentation helped students to set goals, reminded them to be focused, strong, powerful, and always mindful of how they represent themselves and their families. 

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Habits of a Systems Thinker

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Save the Date

April 28, 2023

Youth Leadership Summit

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