Youth Voice, One Vision (YVOV) is an active council of young people working together to make Rochester a better place to live. Coordinated by the City of Rochester’s Bureau of Recreation, YVOV currently has several active community-based youth groups that come together as a full council on the last Tuesday of the month at 6 pm, as well as for special events throughout the year.
As a Youth Voice, One Vision (YVOV) member, youth plan service projects, make decisions collectively, and find solutions for many wide ranging issues that affect our community. The council works in collaboration with youth across the county, as well as local adult officials, to develop ideas that become life changing programs and initiatives for the community. Youth, adults, organized youth groups and other community organizations are all welcome. All members experience being a part of a powerful young team!
To find out more about getting involved, please find contact information at the bottom of this page.
Councils at the Centers
Several of the City of Rochester’s recreation centers have active Youth Voice, One Vision youth councils. Each center council has a different focus, depending on the interest of the young people involved, but all centers focuses on creating youth-led experiences that strengthen the knowledge and leadership skills of our young people.
Each center-based youth council is coordinated by City of Rochester Recreation staff members. A list of centers with active Youth Voice, One Vision youth councils is below with the name of the adult advisors:
For the past 10 years, YVOV has teamed up with Nazareth College Center to incorporate service learning projects into our regular recreation activities. With the help of adult advisors, YVOV has provided service to local homeless youth, women and children, veterans, the elderly and many other groups.
Each year youth organize and event to bring attention to the issue of homelessness in Rochester and Monroe County and raise donations for local homeless shelters. This event will take place again this summer, during the month of August.
Your ideas for more Service Learning Projects are needed and welcome.
Special Events and Initiatives
Youth Voice, One Vision and center-based youth councils sponsor monthly citywide special events for youth and families. Special events include dances, workshops, trainings, conferences, community service projects, and other youth celebrations. To find out more contact your local recreation center or the recreation program office at 428-7371.
YVOV has also spearheaded several fundraisers to support community efforts in times of need. In 2005, members raised over $5,000 for the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund. Members also raised money to purchase a headstone and commemorative bench for the Campbell Street Peace Garden, in memory of a youth who was shot and killed.
“Steppin’ Up to Solutions” Conference
The Steppin’ Up To Solutions conference began in 1996 as a forum for youth and adults from across Monroe County to collectively develop real and practical solutions to local issues of concern. At this all-day summit, youth and adult teams learn how to create, fund, and implement service projects that address an identified community need through the Steppin’ Up To Solutions step-by-step group planning session.
To date, YVOV has sponsored over a dozen conferences that have include the Steppin’ Up to Solutions planning sessions as well as youth designed workshops focusing on topics such as advocacy, social media, and stereotyping.
Youth groups who complete the Steppin’ Up To Solutions process are eligible to apply for a Youth as Resources (YAR) mini-grant of up to $1,000 to fund their project, though the Rochester-Monroe County Youth Bureau.
Global Youth Service Day
Recognizing the importance of service and highlighting youth’s volunteer contributions to the community, Youth Voice, One Vision celebrates International Global Youth Service Day annually in April. The format of this event changes each year depending on the goals and interests of youth leaders and community partners, but always focuses on the importance of youth service and the effects that giving back has on an individual and the community. In recent years, Youth Voice, One Vision has partnered with the SOAR Youth Leadership group and ended the day with the Roc Stars youth talent show.
HEART Coalition for a Drug Free Rochester
Led by YVOV and the Metro Council for Teen Potential, The HEART Coalition for a Drug Free Rochester works to reduce substance abuse among youth and families by increasing the supports youth need to make healthy choices. The HEART Coalition brings together a diverse group of youth serving organizations, youth leaders, schools, parents, faith groups and businesses under the leadership of the City of Rochester.
Safe Sex, Inc.
Safe Sex, Inc. is a coalition of local government, non-profit organizations, and youth that communicate, educate, and advocate for good sexual health among youth in the City of Rochester. SSI offers programs, workshops, and other outreach activities to reach youth about sexuality and the importance of safe sex.
- 2008-2009 Nazareth College Center for Service Learning Community Partner Service-Learning Champion Award
- 2008 New York State Recreation and Parks Society Special Events Award (All City Fashion Show)
- 2007 Genesee Valley Recreation and Parks Society Special Events Award (All City Fashion Show)
- 2006 National Youth Crime Watch Prevention Community Program (Site of the Year)
- 2006 Genesee Valley Recreation and Parks Society Special Events Award (All Star Challenge)
- 2005 Alliance for Community Media First Place for Educational Profile Non-Professional (Talk Show)
- 2005 Genesee Valley Recreation and Parks Society Special Events Award (Gardiner Mural Painting