News Release - City R-Centers Ready to Engage Youth Over Spring Recess with Innovative Programs, Workday Hours

City of Rochester

News Release

(Wednesday, March 22, 2023) – The City’s R-Centers will shift their operating hours and offer innovative programs over the annual Spring Recess from school.

“Students love recess, but these short-term breaks can also offer meaningful opportunities to get engaged and experience new things,” said Mayor Malik D. Evans. “City R-Centers are also outstanding resources for working parents, offering places where kids can be safe, healthy and engaged. This Spring Break, we are supporting youth and families while also encouraging young people to grow into future leaders.”

City R-Centers, which are typically open during afterschool and evening hours, will be open from 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Monday, April 3–Thursday, April 6 and will offer a wide variety of additional programming, including free lunches. Adams Street R-Center will not be open due to construction.

The popular Biz Kid$ business education camp will take place all week long. The camp teaches kids how to launch a business. Participants can earn money and win prizes while learning about the various aspects of entrepreneurship. Biz Kid$ runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and includes breakfast, lunch and business supplies. For more information or to apply, call 428-7098.

The deadline for applications for the Summer Opportunity Program (SOOP) is March 31 and the City continues to seek partnerships with employers who can offer summer work opportunities. Visit www.CityofRochester.Gov/SOOP.

Some of the City’s year-round programming for youth, which will also be active during Spring Break, includes:

Youth Voice One Vision is a leadership program for high school students in the City of Rochester. Visit for more information.

The Sexuality Outreach Advocacy Resources (SOAR) programs helps youth develop skills team building and leadership, event planning and advocacy for youth rights. Visit

Additional Special Spring Recess programs include: 

Bingo: 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 4, Avenue D R-Center, 200 Avenue D

David Gantt R-Center, 700 North St.:

Basketball Tournament, ages 12 -14, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Tuesday, April 4

Easter Egg Hunt, ages 6–12, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., Tuesday, April 4

Basketball Tournament, ages 15–17, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Wednesday, April 5

Easter Egg Hunt, 4 p.m., Thursday, April 6, Frederick Douglass R-Center, 999 South Ave.

Mini Egg Hunt with Coloring and Craft Activities, 12 p.m., Tuesday, April 4, Edgerton Community Center, 41 Backus St.

Spring Breakin’ Dance Party, ages 6–17, 2 p.m., Friday, April 7, Willie W. Lightfoot R-Center, 271 Flint St. Light refreshments will be served.

Easter Egg Hunt, 12 p.m. Saturday, April 1, Genesee Valley Sports Complex, 131 Elmwood Ave. Pre-registration required at www.CityofRochester.Gov/R-Central.

Casino Night, 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 5, Thomas P. Ryan R-Center, 530 Webster Ave.

Trenton and Pamela Jackson R-Center, 485 N. Clinton Ave.:

Dodgeball Tournament, ages 6–10, 1 p.m. Monday, April 3

Dodgeball Tournament, ages 11–15, 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 4

Dodgeball Tournament, ages 6–10, 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 5

Dodgeball Tournament, ages 11–15, 1 p.m. Thursday, April 6

Hoop and Skills Competition, 12 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, Tyshaun Cauldwell
R-Center, 524 Campbell St.

Basketball and Life Skills, ages 13–18, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Monday, April 3–Thursday, April 6, Rochester Community Sports Complex, 460 Oak St. Lunch provided. Pre-registration required at

During Spring Break, Rochester Public Library branches will also be open during regular hours and are hosting a variety of programs to keep children busy and learning. Visit