Girls Coalition - Positive Girls Doing Positive Things

Mission girlsgroup6  

Girls Coalition of Rochester empowers young women and promotes leadership within through the provision of girl-centered programming and professional development.


  • Strengthen Sisterhood
  • Share Knowledge and Strategies
  • Heal Young Ladies
  • Embrace and Support Each Other 
  • Empower and Advocate for Self
  • Bring Out and Be Aware of Strengths and that They Matter
  • Cultivate Leadership
  • Instill Positivity
  • Achieve Our Own Potential 

How It Works  Girls Coalition Picture

The Coalition is comprised of girls groups that meet regularly with female R-Center staff advisors. In addition to weekly meetings at their centers, members of each girls group come together once a month for “Girls Night Out” girl-focused programming that reflects their needs and interests. Girls Coalition also sponsors several special events and field trips throughout the year in addition to monthly programming.  

The program also provides opportunities for networking and support among female youth workers who work with girls. Girls Coalition advisors meet with other program staff once a month for reflection, planning, and professional development. These meetings help to support advisors as they facilitate successful girls-only programs.  

The coalition is a partnership between the City of Rochester's Bureau of Recreation and Nazareth College’s Community Youth Development program, which allows girls who participate to become familiar with and comfortable on a college campus and network with college students of color.

Download Girls Coalition Flyer 

Past Events include: 

  • Brunch and Dialogue with Miss New York 2011 Kaitlin Monte
  • Girls Gathering Youth Conference
  • Field trip to Syracuse University Tour with Sigma Lambda Upsilon Sorority
  • Overnight Retreat at Nazareth College
  • Voices of Experience
  • Career Panel
  • Mini Press Conference with Monroe Community College Woman's Basketball Team
  • Field Trip to Women's Rights Historical Museum

Find A Girls Group Near You! 

There are currently Girls Coalition groups at seven City R-Centers:

 Adams Street R-Center 
Kaye Adams, Advisor
 Avenue D R-Center 
Cindy Rochet, Advisor
 Campbell Street R-Center
 Ruby Melendez, Advisor
David F. Gantt R-Center
 Tacoya Jones & Kamille Cummings, Advisors
 Flint Street R-Center
 Tashara Velazquez & Shalonda Phillips, Advisors
South Avenue R-Center
Travawn Hopkins, Advisor 
 Humboldt R-Center 
Destinee Howard, Advisor


 Homer Acwil, Program Coordinator 
City of Rochester Bureau of Recreation
400 Dewey Avenue
Rochester, NY 14613
email: Homer.Acwil@CityofRochester.Gov 

Additional Resources

Nazareth College Community-Based Youth Development Program
 City of Rochester R-Centers
City of Rochester Youth Voice One Vision Youth Council
Girl Scouts of Western New York
Girl Zone