Pillars of Hope

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Hope is Power. When we have hope, we have the power to make our dreams come true. -- Mayor Lovely A. Warren  

 Who are the Pillars of Hope?

Pillars of Hope are local African-American and Hispanic professionals who volunteer to visit city schools, share their experiences and provide positive support to the students.

We’ve all had important role models that have impacted our lives. We can recall images of famous entertainers or athletes we admired and tried to emulate. But other role models, much closer to home, have impacted our lives through a more personal connection, and through identifying with one another's shared community and experience. 

These role models were teachers, pastors or neighbors in our communities who were professionals in areas like business, engineering, law, mechanical repairs, medicine, and more. They took the time to share pieces of their journey with us, to talk about what helped them along the way. They helped us to see a broader world of possibilities. 

Pillars of Hope reconnect our communities' role models with our community's children by sharing a simple message of hope: “We’ve done it, and so can you.” 

Pillars of Hope Program Goals

A Pillars Team “adopts” an elementary or middle school and implements activities for the purpose of: 

  • Instilling and increasing the love of learning. 
  • Sharing their personal journeys in pursuit of their own education. 
  • Sharing strategies to overcome challenges. 
  • Imparting knowledge regarding their various career options. 
  • Supporting the school’s teachers and administration. 

Pillar of Hope Schools

  • Dr. Walter Cooper Academy School No. 10
  • John Walton Spencer School No. 16
  • Enrico Fermi School No. 17
  • Dr. Charles T. Lunsford School No. 19
  • Henry Hudson School No. 28
  • John James Audubon School No. 33
  • Andrew J. Townson School No. 39
  • Mary Mcleod Bethune School No. 45
  • The Flower City School No. 54
  • Leadership Academy for Young Men

Click here to see our Pillars in action.

Be a Pillar for Rochester's Youth

The time commitment is a minimum one hour per month to participate with a pillars team in the school. This is one initiative that will provide big dividends for a small investment of time and talent. If you are interested and able, please consider being a part of this initiative.

If you'd like to become a Pillar of Hope for Rochester's youth complete the Pillars of Hope Application here

Request a Pillar of Hope

If you would like a Pillars of Hope Program in your school, complete the Pillars of Hope Request Form here


Learn more

To learn more about Pillars of Hope, contact Kiara Warren in the Mayor's Office of Special Projects and Education Initiatives  at (585) 428-7192 or by email at pillarsofhope@cityofrochester.gov.