Girls Coalition - Positive Girls Doing Positive Things

Mission girlsgroup6  

Girls Coalition of Rochester empowers young women and promotes leadership within through the provision of girl-centered programming and professional development.


  • Strengthen Sisterhood
  • Share Knowledge and Strategies
  • Heal Young Ladies
  • Embrace and Support Each Other 
  • Empower and Advocate for Self
  • Bring Out and Be Aware of Strengths and that They Matter
  • Cultivate Leadership
  • Instill Positivity
  • Achieve Our Own Potential 

How It Works 

The Coalition is comprised of girls groups that meet regularly with female recreation center GC-Photo-Exhibit-003staff advisors. In addition to weekly meetings at their centers, members of each girls group come together once a month for “Girls Night Out” girl-focused programming that reflects their needs and interests. Girls Coalition also sponsors several special events and field trips throughout the year in addition to monthly programming.  

The program also provides opportunities for networking and support among female youth workers who work with girls. Girls Coalition advisors meet with other program staff once a month for reflection, planning, and professional development. These meetings help to support advisors as they facilitate successful girls-only programs.  

The coalition is a partnership between the City of Rochester Bureau of Recreation and Nazareth College’s Community Youth Development program, which allows girls who participate to become familiar with and comfortable on a college campus and network with college students of color.

Past Events include: 

  • Brunch and Dialogue with Miss New York 2011 Kaitlin Monte
  • Girls Gathering youth conference
  • Field trip to Canandaigua Lake
  • Overnight Retreat at Nazareth College
  • Voices of Experience

Find A Girls Group Near You! 

There are currently Girls Coalition groups at seven City R-Centers:

 Avenue D R-Center 

 Cindy Rochet, Advisor

Campbell Street R-Center
Liz Torres, Advisor

 Edgerton R-Center 
Sarah Delaus, Advisor

Flint Street R-Center
Annie Pride, Tashara Velazquez, and Homer Acwil, Advisors

David F. Gantt R-Center
Ashley James and Imone Coley, Advisors

South Avenue R-Center
Travawn Hopkins, Advisor

Thomas P. Ryan R-Center
Ifey Obieke, Advisor


City of Rochester Bureau of Recreation
400 Dewey Avenue
Rochester, NY 14613

Additional Resources

Nazareth College Community-Based Youth Development Program
 City of Rochester R-Centers
City of Rochester Youth Voice One Vision Youth Council
Girls Inc.
Girl Scouts of Western New York
A Girl’s World
Girl Zone