Fall 2019 Recreation Programs

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Every Leaf a Flower

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Autumn is a time of transition and transformation. Students meet new teachers, farmers turn their attention from growth to harvest and nature herself prepares for winter sleep with a final blaze.
People often think of autumn as the end of the summer season but I prefer to think of it as a new beginning.

French philosopher Albert Camus once said, “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a
flower.” This autumn could be your second spring and Rochester City Recreation stands ready to help you reach your potential. I invite you to take advantage of the City’s countless programs, events and facilities, designed to help you get in shape, try your hand at something new or even forge new life-long friendships. From after school programs to family activities, sports leagues to state-of-the-art fitness facilities, the City offers so many opportunities for everyone to explore and grow. Make this time count and have a fun, safe and active autumn season!

Mayor Lovely A. Warren

R-Centers Programs

Throughout the school year, the City R-Centers provide an engaging and nurturing after school environment for city youth in grades K-12. Kids can enjoy an array of fitness and arts activities, get help with homework, and enjoy a free hot dinner and more.

After School in the Park
 Throughout the school year, the City of Rochester’s After School in the Park Program provides an engaging and nurturing after-school environment for kids in grades K-6. Conveniently located in Cobbs Hill Park, kids can take in an array of fun fitness, educational and arts activities, get help with homework, enjoy a free hot dinner and, best of all, make lasting friendships. This school year, the program will run from Sept. 4, 2019 through June 2, 2020 on weekdays from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $55 per week for city youth; $45 per week for siblings. For just $85 per week, youth can receive all-day care through this program during the winter and spring school recesses. The program is also available to youth living outside the city. Interested non-city residents should call for pricing and availability.

Earth Explorers
Rochester boasts a rich natural environment which makes a wonderful outdoor classroom. This unique program immerses kids in nature where they learn by doing. Outdoor adventures include nature hikes, field trips and recycling/composting projects. Kids get involved in gardening at R-Center gardens and cook with the food they grow. For more information, visit www.cityofrochester.gov/earthexplorers or call 428-8820.
Youth Voice, One Vision: The Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council
Youth Voice, One Vision (YVOV) is an active council of young people working together to make Rochester a better place to live. YVOV has over 100 active members who come together regularly for training, networking opportunities, servicelearning initiatives and youth-led community conversations. Members take an active leadership role in planning service projects, making decisions collectively and finding solutions for issues that affect our
community. Youth, adults, organized youth groups and other community organizations are all welcome. For more information, visit www.cityofrochester.gov/YVOV or call 428- 6360.
Girls Coalition
The Girls Coalition brings together “positive girls doing positive things” with the support of caring female advisers. In addition to weekly meetings, members come together once a month for “Girls Night Out,” girl-focused programming that reflects their needs and interests. Adults from the Bureau of Recreation, Nazareth College and the community act as mentors and role models for the participants. Call 428-6985, contact your local R-Center
or visit www.cityofrochester.gov/girlscoalition.
 Team I.M.P.A.C.T.
Focusing on boys’ natural strengths, this program broadens their understanding about culture and what it means to be a positive and productive man in today’s society. Adult mentors lead activities and dialogue that challenge myths about what it means to be a “real man.” Call 428-6481.
T.H.R.I.V.E. (Teens Helping to Reinvent Identity, Values and Empowerment) is a structured, youth-driven afterschool program offered at Danforth Community Center with invigorating group discussions with certified facilitators. THRIVE helps young people prepare for successful adulthood through fun, engaging and youth-led curriculums. THRIVE also hosts the Students Making a Change (SMAC) Youth Leadership Team for youth who demonstrate leadership qualities. SMAC youth receive stipends and complete leadership curriculums. They also participate in and facilitate workshops. For more information, visit www.cityofrochester.gov/thrive or call 428-7913.
R.I.S.E (Reach Inside, Strive for Excellence): RISE is a communitywide collaboration to promote healthy behaviors through handson experiences. The programs and activities of RISE derive from evidence-based sexuality curricula
delivered in high school and community settings. The programs focus on risk reduction through abstinence and safer sex practices, positive peer pressure and youth advocacy, and increased access to health care, information and
treatment. For more information, visit www.cityofrochester.gov/RISE or email RISE@cityofrochester.gov.


The ROCmusic Collaborative, inspired by Venezuela’s revolutionary ElSistema music project, is a tuition-free community music program that offers classical music classes and instrument lessons to city youth in grades 1-12. No previous musical experience ortraining is required. The program is designed to instill a love of learning, support academic success and affect social change by engaging children and their families in the experience of making and appreciating classical music. Interested students can pick up an application at the Gantt or Edgerton R-Centers or online at www.ROCmusic.org. ROCmusic serves students in grades 1-12 at the following sites:
  • Frederick Douglass R-Center - Mon., Tue., Fri. from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Edgerton R-Center - Tue., & Thu. from 3:30 - 6:00 p.m.
  • Gantt R-Center - Mon., Wed., Fri. from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Take the Bus
Parents can arrange with the City School District for bus transportation to any R-Center. Please note, parents are responsible for picking up their child from R-Center programs.

Get an EZ Rec Pass!
One free pass gives you access to all recreation programs and facilities: fitness centers, gyms, top-notch athletics and arts programs, computer labs, game rooms, youth leadership opportunities, and more!  Visit your local R-Center or click here to apply.

 Download our Fall 2019 Rec Guide for a full list of our programs, activities, sports, swimming lessons, special events and more!