Pathways to Peace

What is Pathways to Peace? 

An increasing number of youth are resorting to violence as a result of personal disputes and involvement in gangs and drugs. The City recognizes a critical need to provide these youth with nonviolent alternatives. 

Pathways to Peace was initiated as part of a comprehensive effort to safeguard the lives of these youth, diffuse potentially violent situations, and help them get on a track to a better life. The PTP team reaches out into targeted neighborhoods to assess the needs of youth, network with all available resources and link at risk youth to appropriate services. 

Pathways to Peace offers prevention, intervention and direct monitoring of youth receiving the services needed to support their positive progress. 

Why is Pathways to Peace needed?

To address the growing number of youths who are “at risk” of considering crime and/or violence because important needs in their lives are not being met. 

In order to respond swiftly to the needs, concerns and crises that youth face.

To help young people gain both a positive sense of belonging and access to the resources around them that nurture positive growth. 

To reduce youth violence by employing collaboration, resourcefulness, dedication and vigilance. Pathways to Peace will fill a pivotal role in helping individuals, families and others work together to prevent young lives from “falling through the cracks” of our community. 

How does Pathways to Peace work?

Pathways to Peace collaborates with all available community resources, including schools, families, employers, health professionals, law enforcement agencies and other service providers.

By establishing these relationships and building a genuine rapport with at risk youth, the PTP team will be able to tailor a customized network of resources that match the needs identified for each young person.

In addition, presentations aimed at preventing violence from being considered as a current or future option are offered by Pathways to Peace for youth in all age groups, preteen to early 20’s, and interested community organizations. 

Click here to read some Pathways to Peace Success Stories!

What is Pathways to Peace coverage Area?

Pathways to Peace provides outreach to youth in all neighborhoods of the City. 

How can youth participate in this program?

Youth must be referred to Pathways to Peace in order to participate in the program. Referrals can be made by law enforcement, neighbors, family or friends, community agencies or even by the youth themselves. Referrals can be made online or at the Pathways to Peace Office located at 200 West Avenue, Rochester, New York 14611.

What are the Pathways to Peace Service Hours?

All sections of the City are generally covered during the hours of 3 to 11 p.m. In addition, team members may schedule late evening or early morning visits at the convenience of youths and their families. 

Pathways to Peace operates Monday through Friday from 10 AM till 6 PM (12 NOON till 8 PM during the Summer).


Pathways to Peace Contact 

Contact the Pathways to Peace Coordinator at 428-6339 for more information.
200 West Avenue
Rochester, NY 14611

For a YOUTH REFERRAL , click here



Neighborhood Consortium Safety Net

Pathways to Peace is a participating partner in the Neighborhood Consortium Safety Net, a grassroots effort to provide individualized services to advance the emotional and social well-being of youth.
With help from the community, the Neighborhood Safety Net identifies, assesses, engages and includes youth with behavioral needs and their families in neighborhood‐based services.

Other participating partners include:
• City Neighborhood Quadrant Service Centers
• City Department of Recreation & Youth Services
• The Rochester Police Department
• Monroe County Offices of Mental Health, Human Services, & Probation
• NYS Office of Children & Family Services
• Rochester Works

To request neighborhood safety net services, complete this Neighborhood Safety Net Referral form. For youth age 18 or under, permission of a parent or guardian is required before services can be offered. 
Neighborhood Safety Net Permission for Services