Rochester Community University

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The goal of Rochester Community University (RCU) is to help residents learn how to advocate for themselves and their neighborhoods. Participants attend a series of workshops that give them insight into City Hall and local resources that they can then use to address issues affecting them.   

This program is community-driven and developed in cooperation with City staff and residents. The workshops are a part of the implementation of the Rochester 2034 Comprehensive Plan, which has a goal to build the capacity of community organizations and associations.  Each session is one hour and takes place virtually on Zoom.


 Workshop Topics Include:

The City of Rochester 101 Thursday, January 19  
Gain a better understanding of City departments, their services, and the key players that guide those divisions. We will also give a general overview of Rochester 2034 and the main priorities and goals of the plan.

Opportunities for Youth Thursday, January 26  
Learn about the application process and qualification criteria for the City’s youth employment program. You will also learn about the diverse offerings from the Department of Recreation based on age group and R-Center location.    

Help with Housing Thursday, February 2 
In this workshop, you will learn about City assistance programs available for home ownership and improvements. Learn about the application process and what requirements there are to qualify for assistance. 

City Council 101 Thursday, February 9 
This workshop covers how council members are elected, term lengths, the role of the council, and how residents can best engage with them. 

The Library and YOU! Thursday, February 16  
City libraries have a wealth of services available to residents. Join us as we explore the many resources City libraries have available.  

 We encourage anyone interested in making a difference in their community to apply, whether or not you are currently affiliated with a neighborhood association.   

For more information, contact Daisy Algarin, Neighborhood Service Center Director at (585) 428-7711 or