Do the Right Thing Program - Rochester Police Department

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The Do the Right Thing Awards program has been part of the Rochester Police Department since 1995. The goal of the Program is to foster positive relationships between local area law enforcement and community youth. The Do the Right Thing Awards program recognizes youth for their bravery, courage and valor, such as volunteering in the community, aiding law enforcement or other first responders, acts of heroism, leadership and positive role model behavior. The award distinguishes school-age children who strive to make good choices, do well in school, give back to their communities, or demonstrate a “turn-around” or improvement in their behavior, and to highlight these students and their stories publicly in the media to show that good kids are newsworthy.   

Who is eligible?

Any student enrolled in grades Kindergarten - 12 in any Monroe County school is eligible for nomination. The incident the student is nominated for must have occurred in Monroe County, and within one year of the nomination.

How is a child nominated? 

  • Anyone over 18 years-of-age can submit a nomination form (this includes family, friends, school staff, coaches, etc.).
  • Nomination forms can be completed and submitted electronically.
  • Click here for the electronic form
  • Or you can print the PDF version of the form and email or fax the completed form. 
  • Forms are also available at any RPD building and any City school or City library.            
            These completed forms can be faxed or emailed to:
                  Email: DoTheRightThing@cityofrochester.gov 
                  Fax:  (585) 428-6093      

*Do the Right Thing nominations are accepted throughout the entire year.

click here to nominate  

What happens after a nomination is submitted?

 An awards committee, comprised of Executive Board Members and employees of program sponsors, reviews submitted nominations and collectively selects students to receive either the Do the Right Thing Award or a letter of recognition. Students that are selected as award winners are celebrated at a public ceremony at the City Public Safety Building, 185 Exchange Boulevard. Please note: Students selected as winners must attend an awards ceremony in order to officially be considered a Do the Right Thing Awards Winner. Everyone is welcome to attend the ceremonies to support the winners. Typically five ceremonies are held each year, with up to ten students recognized at each ceremony. Award winners are eligible to receive several rewards and prizes that are generously donated by program sponsors. Nominated students who were not selected to receive a Do the Right Thing Award will still receive a letter of recognition in the mail.  

All ceremonies for the 2019-2020 school year will be held at 10:30 AM in the atrium of the City Public Safety Building on the following dates: Awards table

  • October 10, 2019
  • December 12 , 2019
  • February 13, 2020
  • April 2, 2020  *CANCELLED*
  •  May 28, 2020  *CANCELLED*
  • June 4, 2020 - Please join us for a VIRTUAL CEREMONY that will be held via Facebook Live. This ceremony will honor the April and May winners, and will be live streamed  on June 4th at 10:30 AM on our Facebook page. Unlike traditional ceremonies, this will be held virtually . While our winners and their families will not be able to attend in person, everyone is welcome to watch the ceremony as it takes place, or anytime afterwards!

Each year, any student who was a Do the Right Thing Awards winner and is currently a high school senior may apply for a scholarship to be applied towards the payment of their college or trade school tuition.       

             

Executive Board Members and Program Sponsors

The Rochester Police Department’s Do the Right Thing Awards Program is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors, and operates under the auspices of the Rochester Police Department. Sponsorship and donations help make the program possible, and the children benefit from the generosity of our sponsors. We are continuously welcoming new sponsors to our program. If you know of a business that would be interested in providing gifts or services to our winners, or a financial contribution to the program, please contact us.

We are also looking for more people to volunteer to serve on our Executive Board to fill several vacancies. New members are needed that are creative and have ideas, time and energy to help our program grow so that we can recognize more students for Doing the Right Thing. A copy of our by-laws is provided in the link below.

 
Click here to view a list of our board members and program sponsors.

Click here to view the Do the Right Thing Award Program By-Laws.

Frequently Asked Questions

Clear here to see a list of Do the Right Thing Program Frequently Asked Questions.  

Contact us for more information:

     Email:  DoTheRightThing@cityofrochester.gov

     Phone :    (585) 428-7863

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Do the Right Thing Award Winners

 Click here to view the names of recent and past award recipients. Jeffery sitting w certificate

Do the Right Thing Newsletter  

Click here to view copies of our newsletters.

Do the Right Thing Annual Reports

Click here to view past Do the Right Thing of Rochester Annual Reports.