Teen Program

Leadership Rochester Signature Program 2022 will be our 30th Anniversary Class

Emerging Leaders Teen Program


Leadership Rochester fosters a deeper understanding of our community and provides leadership development for 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 seven 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 hosted at the Central Library on South Avenue and students may then take adult led walking tours to visit key different sites across downtown. Experiential locations and community speakers 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 – 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.

Program Calendar (Fall 2021)

  • Wednesday evenings 4:30 – 7:00 pm
  •  Session 1: Fall Cohort:  October 13, 20, 27 and November 3, 10, and 17 (Session Complete)
  •  Session 2:  Winter Cohort:  January 12, 19, 26 and Feb 2, 9, 16  (Applications Now Open)
  • Location – Rochester Central Library, Kate Gleason Auditorium  115 South Ave

Past Collaborative Partners 

  • Greater Rochester Health Foundation
  • Monroe County
  • 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 Central Library
  • RGE Avangrid
  • FoodLink
  • St Marks and St Johns Episcopal Church

Are you a student interested in joining the program? We’re now accepting applications for our 2022 winter program.  Click below to apply today.


    Program Dates

    Wednesday Evenings 4:30 – 7:00 pm

    January 12, 2022
    January 12, 2022
    January 12, 2022
    February 2, 2022
    February 9, 2022
    February 16, 2022

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    Applications Open

    Due by December 8

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    Applications due by December 8  

    Acceptance Decisions made December 9


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