Rochester Youth Year (RYY) is a social justice fellowship sponsored by AmeriCorps VISTA and administered by the Rochester Regional Network (RRN), a consortium of 8 local colleges. RYY connects passionate graduates with community-based organizations to create, innovate, or expand initiatives that address the challenges faced by Rochester families and promote the assets around them.


A collaboration between SUNY Geneseo, Roberts Wesleyan College and the University of Rochester, the Rochester Youth Year program was piloted in 2007 with three members serving with the City of Rochester Bureau of Recreation, Garth Fagan Dance, and His Branches, Inc. In 2008, the program received support from the Corporation for National and Community Service (AmeriCorps VISTA), allowing the program to double. Since then, we’ve expanded our Rochester Regional Network advisory board to include The College at Brockport, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Nazareth College, St. John Fisher College, SUNY Geneseo, Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester Institute of Technology, and the University of Rochester, and have seen 80 members complete their term of service.


Since Rochester Youth Year became an AmeriCorps VISTA program:

  • 80 members have completed a term of service with on over 45 different projects
  • Engaged over 8,000 volunteers, who in turn have served over 90,000 hours of service to our community
  • Leveraged over $1.7M in cash and in-kind resources to support local initiatives

During the 2015-2016 service year alone, members served over 30,000 individuals, most of who were youth.


The Corporation for National and Community Service is a U.S. federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through its core programs: Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and the Social Innovation Fund.

AmeriCorps, in turn, engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year with community agencies across the country. There are three different kinds of AmeriCorps programs: AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps), a regional disaster relief-based program; AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), which focuses on building the capacity of local organizations to meet needs; and State/National programs, which supports a wide range of local service programs.

Rochester Youth Year is an AmeriCorps VISTA program based in Rochester, NY. For 51 years, VISTA has been helping bring communities and individuals out of poverty. Today, approximately 6,500 VISTA members serve in hundreds of nonprofit organizations and public agencies throughout the country. Members provide indirect, capacity-building service to support sustainable solutions to poverty.


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