Rochester Peace Collective

A Community-First Approach

The Rochester Peace Collective is a collaborative effort that will guide investments from local funding organizations into innovative and proven programs that work to prevent violence.

Under the guidance of the Special Advisor to the Mayor on Violence Prevention Programs Victor Saunders, the Peace Collective will align closely with City departments including the Mayor’s Office, the Department of Recreation and Human Services, and the Rochester Public Library.

The City is committing $5 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to the effort. 

Local funders are already engaged, and other foundations, organizations and individuals who would like to help support violence prevention programs are encouraged to contact the Mayor’s Office to learn more about becoming involved with the collaborative.

The City is seeking proven and innovative violence prevention programs to join the Collective by calling 585-428-7406 or emailing, and to apply for financial support once the funds become available.

The investments of the Collective will support social-emotional health and be trauma-informed. Priority programming would include re-entry programs, job training and preparation, mediation and conflict resolution, youth development, mental health support, and the arts.


Crime Prevention