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Why Choose Rochester Youth Year?

Rochester Youth Year will allow you to establish deep roots and form a vast network in the region you’ve called home for four years or more. Working with residents, nonprofit organizations, government leaders, and educators, RYY is your chance to engage in the Rochester community and your opportunity to make Rochester a more vibrant city.

Make a difference. Whether you’ve lived in Rochester for just four years or it is your hometown, you know Rochester is a city with both a great number of assets and significant challenges. Begin breaking down the barriers to educational equity, access to care, and gainful employment by establishing sustainable solutions and quality resources.

Learn about the community. Learn the structures, resources, and challenges within our community as you serve, commute, eat, live, and play here. Connect with community members and community leaders to gain new perspectives on the Flower City.

Utilize your skills and gain some experience. While many entry-level jobs are heavily administrative, a position with RYY guarantees you highly valuable hands-on experience. Numerous professional development opportunities are provided throughout your year of service to benefit you professionally and enrich you personally.

Figure out what's next. Rochester Youth Year is a great transitional opportunity. Many people who take positions with AmeriCorps VISTA also use their year of service as a transition to graduate school or other work opportunities.

Boost your resume. Public service programs are huge resume boosters! People who volunteer are 27% more likely to be employed than non-volunteers.

Network with community leaders. RYY Fellows are community organizers. We try to integrate the principles of asset-based community development into our goals and activities as often as possible. This work is all about building relationships and forming partnerships. You will meet many people over the course of the year, many of whom will likely be helpful to you as you pursue future endeavors.

How To Apply

Application instructions for the 2016-2017 service year are available here

All components of the application will be submitted through an online form except the transcript(s), which should be mailed directly from your institution(s).

Components of the application include:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Contact information for two recommenders
  • Transcript(s) from all undergraduate institutions attended