We envision a world where poverty is not a barrier to education, health, or economic success.


We engage and empower local graduates to strengthen the capacity of community organizations in an effort to alleviate the effects of poverty for Rochester youth and families.


  • Service
  • Social justice
  • Reciprocity
  • Cultural humility


2007: Rochester Youth Year is piloted as a collaboration between SUNY Geneseo, Roberts Wesleyan College, and the University of Rochester. Three members served with the City of Rochester Bureau of Recreation, Garth Fagan Dance, and His Branches, Inc.

2008: Rochester Youth Year receives support from the Corporation for National and Community Service (AmeriCorps VISTA). The College at Brockport, Nazareth College, and St. John Fisher College join the Rochester Regional Network. The Rochester Institute of Technology joins the Rochester Regional Network.

2011: The 2011-2012 cohort is the first to host over 10 Youth Year members.

2013: Due to the federal sequestration, Rochester Youth Year drops back to hosting six Youth Year members.

2016: Hobart and William Smith Colleges joins the Rochester Regional Network.

2017: Rochester Youth Year celebrates its 10th Anniversary with the largest class of Rochester Youth Year members, 16!