2018/19 Annual Report
Now more than ever, the growing socio-economic diversity between our urban and suburban populations requires the YMCA of Greater Rochester to think innovatively about our facilities. Our interconnected association model allows for the Y to nimbly provide transformational service to those who need us most. In many cases, that means moving outside of the walls of the Y to better serve our urban community.
Each and every day, our Community Services Division (CSD) positively impacts those who go unseen to many. It is through their dedication and tireless work that youth and families in the urban core are given the same opportunities as their suburban counterparts, which creates equity for all. Here are just a few examples of the impact the Y is making outside the walls of our facilities:
Making a Difference outside the Y
expanding out of school offerings
Approximately 1,000 youth are served across after school, extended learning, teen programming and summer learning. During the 2018-2019 school year, we executed programming at 10 sites at various Rochester City Schools throughout the community, doubling the number of programs offered from the previous school year.
combating summer learning loss
Youth in low income, urban areas experience summer learning loss at a more significant rate than their suburban counterparts. Power Scholars Academy, a two-month collaboration with the Rochester City School District, is countering this trend as enrolled students have demonstrated a two-month average gain in reading and three-month average gain in math.
reducing food insecurity
Our partnership with Foodlink ensures youth and families have access to quality food. Through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), anyone under the age of 18 can receive a meal regardless of enrollment in a Y program.
developing critical thinking skills
Last year, we were selected to participate in the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation STEM 2035 cohort initiative, which included a three-year, $247,000 grant through Community Connections of NY, and is being used to create STEM educational opportunities in urban programs. As part of this funding, we have a full-time, multi-site STEM coordinator working with our urban branches to design and develop three makerspaces that will be available and accessible to youth and their families.
Our Passion is Helping Youth Pursue Theirs
Regardless of whether we are providing services to youth in the urban core; to kids in churches in suburban communities; in partnership with UR Medicine Golisano’s Hospital through their telemedicine at resident camp; or come this fall, to children within the walls of the Schottland Family Branch; our mission is the same: remain steadfastly focused on holistically nurturing child development by providing safe and healthy places to learn foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-reliance through the Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
Through unrelenting determination, we are changing the lives of people who need us most. Together, we are proud to continue to lead this organization into the future and we thank you for your continued support.
March 31, 2019