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.

Space is limited. Reserve your spot today!  Applications are due by Monday, May 1, 2023


 Workshop Topics Include:

The City of Rochester 101 Thursday, May 11  
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.

The Buy the Block Program Thursday, May 18  
Some neighborhoods in the City of Rochester have experienced a long history of disinvestment, resulting in deep and ongoing challenges. Learn about how focused programs like Buy The Block are working to strengthen these neighborhoods by generating investment and creating excitement.

RPD Community Engagement Thursday, May 25
 In this workshop, you will learn how the CommunityAffairs Bureau assists the RPD in coordinating all communications, public information and community engagement initiatives. The Community Affairs Bureau commands the Community Policing Unit, which includes the Neighborhood Service Centers (NSC) and Crime Prevention Officers (CPOs).  

Get the 411 on 311 Thursday, June 4  
In this session, you will take a deep dive into what 311 has to offer. 311 is a simple three-digit number residents, businesses and visitors can call to reach the City to get information, request services and report problems. From getting library hours, to reporting a stray dog in your neighborhood and more, 311 is ready to help. 

Click here to view the online 311 portal >>

Animal Services and YOU! Thursday, June 8  
Animal Services is a division of the City of Rochester whose mission is to serve Rochester’s people and animals to create safe neighborhoods, support the human-animal bond, and save and enhance lives. Learn about the pet care, adoption/foster care, and volunteer opportunities that Animal Services offers.   

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

This program takes place twice a year. If a series is full when you apply, we will hold your application for the option of joining us for the next semester.

 Apply online here!

Mail it in (downloadable PDF) 

 Pickit up - applications are at your Neighborhood Service Center 
Applications are due by Monday, May 1, 2023

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