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Youth Voice One Vision

Youth Who Impact the Community

 Youth Voice, One Vision (YVOV) is a youth council coordinated by the City of Rochester’s Bureau of Recreation. YVOV currently has more than 75 active youth members that meet as a full council the last Tuesday of each month at 6 pm, at recreation centers across the Rochester area.  

Youth Voice One Vision LogoAs a Youth Voice, One Vision (YVOV) member, youth plan service projects as well as center based and city-wide special events. They also discuss and dig deeper into issues that matter to them. Members work in collaboration with other youth leaders, adult advocates and local officials to develop ideas that provide change and hope to their communities. Youth, adults, groups and other community organizations are all welcome.  Participating youth experience being a member of a powerful young team!As a Youth Voice, One Vision (YVOV) member, youth plan service projects as well as center based and city-wide special events. They also discuss and dig deeper into issues that matter to them. Members work in collaboration with other youth leaders, adult advocates and local officials to develop ideas that provide change and hope to their communities. Youth, adults, groups and other community organizations are all welcome.  Participating youth experience being a member of a powerful young team!

As a Youth Voice, One Vision (YVOV) member, youth plan service projects as well as center based and city-wide special events. They also discuss and dig deeper into issues that matter to them. Members work in collaboration with other youth leaders, adult advocates and local officials to develop ideas that provide change and hope to their communities. Youth, adults, groups and other community organizations are all welcome.  Participating youth experience being a member of a powerful young team!

Service Learning  

  • For the past 10 years, YVOV has teamed up with Nazareth College Center for Service Learning 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.  

  • In 2009, YVOV formalized their service-learning partnership with Nazareth College and the Rochester-Monroe County Youth Bureau Youth As Resources (YAR) board through the creation of the Youth Engaged with Service "Y.E.S." Committee.   The Y.E.S. Committee was formed to promote and practice the tenets of quality, youth driven service learning throughout the Greater Rochester area.  Y.E.S. includes youth and adult representatives from YVOV, Youth As Resources, Rochester AmeriCorps, and the Nazareth College Center for Service Learning and Community Youth Development minor.  Y.E.S. sponsors service learning projects at various recreation centers, community-wide projects including Global Youth Service Day and the Cardboard City Lock-out, and service-learning workshops for youth groups and adult advisors upon request. See a video from the 2010 Be the Change Day, one of the events sponsored by Y.E.S.  

  • Each year, the Y.E.S.  Committee holds Cardboard City Lock-out. During this event, youth create a “city” out of cardboard in Washington Square Park in downtown Rochester and spend the night outside. The event is organized to bring attention to the issue of homelessness in Rochester and Monroe County and raise donations for local homeless shelters. The 2011 Cardboard City event is August 10 and 11 in Washington Square Park, downtown Rochester. Check out the Cardboard City page  

  • Your ideas for more Service Learning Projects are needed and welcome.  

Special Events and Fundraisers

  • Youth Voice, One Vision and recreation youth councils sponsor monthly citywide special events for youth and families.  Special events include anti-violence lock-ins, parades, dances, workshops, trainings, conferences, community service projects, and other youth celebrations.  

  • YVOV has also spearheaded several fundraisers to support community efforts in times of need. In 2005, we raised over $5,000 for the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund.  In memory of a city youth shot and killed, YVOV raised money to purchase a headstone and commemorative bench for the Campbell Street Peace Garden.  

“Steppin’ Up to Solutions” Conference and Youth Philanthropy  

  • 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 the 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. 

  • Youth groups who complete the Steppin’ Up To Solutions process are eligible to apply for a Rochester-Monroe County Youth Bureau Youth as Resources (YAR) mini-grant of up to $1000 to fund their project.  

  • To date, YVOV has sponsored over a dozen conferences and the YAR Board annually distributes $23,000 for youth-led service projects. 

Positive Tickets

In 2008, YVOV began the Positive Tickets campaign, through which youth-adult patrols issue "tickets" to city residents they witness doing good deeds for their neighbors and their city and community as a whole. Over 250 Positive Tickets, which include discounts or freebies for the recipients and their families, have been issued so far, and the program has spread to other organizations and parts of the community and region!  More about Positive Tickets   

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 raising awareness and by increasing the supports youth need to make healthy choices. The HEART Coalition brings together a diverse group of community organizations, youth leaders, schools, parents, faith groups and business under the leadership of the City of Rochester.  

The name HEART was chosen to reflect our hopes for Rochester: Health, Excellence, Achievement, Responsibility and Truth. The HEART Coalition engages youth leaders in all aspects of its work. Representatives of YVOV participate in HEART and help analyze community needs, develop strategies, represent HEART in the community, and assess results.

A key initiative of HEART is Numbers Speak the Truth About City Youth. This important initiative exists to dispel myths and misperceptions about city youth. Learn more about HEART Coalition and Numbers Speak the Truth.

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.

Awards

  • 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

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