Cameron Greenop
540W Main
University of Rochester
Linguistics and Classics
Cameron is serving at 540 West Main, an antiracist education platform that promotes justice for all through classes, digital content, and anti-racism consulting. As a first year VISTA, Cameron is working to digitize more of 540WMain’s education and assets to make their work more accessible to diverse communities. He will also be organizing a database of courses that 540WMain offers to improve efficiency, and will even be helping to design a few of these courses himself.
Chloe Louthan-Green
St. Mark's and St. John's
Hobart William Smith Colleges
Biology and Sociology
Chloe is serving at St. Mark’s and St. John’s, a mission-driven spiritual home addressing food insecurity and community health in the Beechwood neighborhood. As a third year VISTA, Chloe is helping to leverage relationships with community partners to expand and implement the E.D.E.N. Center for Well Being. She will also be further developing strategies for volunteer recruitment and engagement.
Christina Krewson
M.K. Gandhi Institute
University of Rochester
Public Health and Environmental Studies
Christina is serving with the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, an organization that equips people to use nonviolence to create a sustainable and just world for all by collaborating in nonviolence education, restorative practices, environmental sustainability, and racial justice. Christina is working to improve accessibility of the Gandhi Institute’s nonviolence education services, as well as its community garden.
Emerson Carmel
SUNY Geneseo
Women's and Gender Studies
Emerson is serving with Green Visions, an initiative launched by Greentopia (a nonprofit focused on green education, advocacy and sustainable development in downtown Rochester) that aims to clean and beautify city lots while providing employment, education and work experience to inner city youth. Emerson is developing sustainable resources for fundraising, marketing, and social media outreach, and will help strengthen the coordinated efforts of Green visions to actively combat unemployment, urban blight, and poverty.
Fatoumata Barry
Rochester Prep Middle School 3
Rochester Institute of Technology
Biomedical Sciences; Nutrition, Communication, and Advertising & Public Relations
Fatoumata is serving with Rochester Prep, a collection of free public charter schools serving students in grades K-12. Fatou is expanding family outreach efforts to develop and improve the overall outcomes of students at Rochester Prep: Middle School 3, by creating and managing family communication, including newsletters and social media.
Hannah List
OACES (Office of Adult and Career Education Services)
Roberts Wesleyan College
Social Work
Hannah is serving at the Office of Adult and Career Education Services, a division of the Rochester City School District which is the premier adult training and education center in the greater Rochester area, offering a wide range of programs at multiple locations. Hannah is coordinating and promoting the literacy zone services that OACES provides to enhance outreach and awareness so that more communities will utilize literacy, education, and workforce readiness services.
Jordan Harris
School 17
University of Rochester
Developmental and Social Psychology
Jordan is serving at Enrico Fermi School 17, a community school in the JOSANA neighborhood which works to bring together the strengths of students, families, teachers, and the community for the common goal of improving the academic success of their students. Jordan is creating and expanding more partnerships to enhance School 17’s community school model. They will also be building curriculum and resources centered around the school’s greenhouse and community kitchen.
Jules Orcutt
Girl Scouts of WNY
SUNY Geneseo
Political Science and Geography
Jules is serving with Girl Scouts of Western New York, part of the national organization that helps girls develop their courage, confidence, and character and make the world a better place. Jules is researching and developing ways to help create more opportunities for underserved girls, specifically in the Hispanic/Latin X community. They will be helping to recruit girls and volunteers from more diverse communities in addition to identifying needs of underrepresented troop leaders and building support systems that she identifies to be beneficial.
Madison Byrne
RMAPI (Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative)
St. John Fisher College
Interdisciplinary Studies: Focus in Organizational Leadership and Communication
Madison is serving with the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative, a multi-sector community collaborative with a goal to improve quality of life by reducing poverty and increasing self-sufficiency. Madison is supporting the enhancement of community engagement efforts, primarily focusing in low-income neighborhoods like EMMA and Beechwood, and creating sustainable systems for scaling community capacity building opportunities.
Megan Kelly
Cornell Cooperative Extension
SUNY Geneseo
Megan is serving at Cornell Cooperative Extension, an organization that provides research-based information and educational programming to ensure the vitality of agriculture, strengthen families, promote health and well-being, responsibly improve home and community landscapes, and enhance our natural environment. Megan is assessing needs of youth and caregivers that have been created by three public health crises (Covid-19, racism, and the opioid crisis) and helping to formulate a response plan that can be executed and sustained to mitigate the trauma that these crises have on low income and underserved communities.
Minhtam Tran
Hoekelman Center
University of Rochester
Biochemistry and Public Health
Minhtam is serving with the Hoekelman Center, a branch of URMC that connects doctors with community partners to make neighborhoods healthier. Minhtam is designing and implementing a pilot intervention to optimize college application choices among low-income, high-achieving high school students in Rochester. She will also be creating and developing partnerships with local organizations who are already interested in this work to further help the students she’s working with.
Morgan Bajish
Taproot Collective & City Roots Community Land Trust
St. John Fisher
English and Political Science
Morgan is serving with a joint project between Taproot Collective, a community organization dedicated to building holistic systems for healthy local food, dignified housing, educational opportunities with youth and families, and City Roots Community Land Trust, an organization that works to establish and promote permanent affordability, development without displacement, and community wealth building. Morgan is working with both organizations to increase financial stability and capacity of the joining projects between the two sites. She will also be helping develop marketing and communications procedures for both sites as well as refining volunteer recruitment and management systems.
Morgan Farrow
Allendale Columbia
University of Rochester
English Literature and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
Morgan is serving with Allendale Columbia Summer LEAP, a six-week summer enrichment program that seeks to close the opportunity gap in Rochester by offering high-quality summer learning experiences to students with low income. Morgan is further developing AC Summer Leap by focusing on recruitment and retention for students and parent volunteers, building more partnerships with new and existing donors, and using feedback from last year’s program to update and improve communication, protocol, and training for next summer’s program.
Owyn Guinnip
Rochester Regional Health
University of Rochester
Psychology, minored in Public Health
Owyn is serving with Rochester Regional Health, an integrated health services organization serving the people of Western New York, the Finger Lakes, and beyond, specifically with the development of their Wilson Multicultural Center. Owyn is researching and analyzing community data to identify priorities for the Multicultural Center, specifically focusing on increasing telehealth access.
Tatiana Colon
Nativity Prep
St. John Fisher College
English and Spanish with a concentration in Writing
Tatiana is serving at Nativity Prep, a Catholic middle school dedicated to transforming the lives of underserved students through strong academics coupled with a sense of spirituality, morality, and personal responsibility. Tati is supporting Nativity students, families, and staff in the expansion of student programming and support resources. She will also be further developing family engagement by streamlining systems for communication, and engaging with community partners to foster ongoing partnerships for students.
Victoria Blackham
City of Rochester: Office of Community Wealth Building
University of Rochester
Victoria is serving at the Office of Community Wealth Building, a branch of the Mayor’s Office whose mission is to facilitate cross-sector collaboration between government, non-profits, the private sector, anchor institutions, and the community, with the goal of advancing community wealth building policies, programs, initiatives, and systems throughout the Rochester community. Victoria is collecting data, conducting research, and collaborating with stakeholders and community partners to implement a sustainable phased launch of RocCity HomeGrown.