Teen 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

  • Develop relationships among a diverse group of local youth
  • Connect with Rochester’s local neighborhoods and 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 grades 10 through 12 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.

Collaborative Partners (2019)

  • 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