Dialogues Without Borders
Dialogues Without Borders has been under way in suburban Rochester homes since October 2014.
Facilitated by ACT Rochester Director Ann Johnson, these invitation-only gatherings include people invited by the hosts and town and school officials, representatives of faith communities and higher education institutions.
These informal discussions have focused on issues important to the participants, as well as what the suburbs need to know about Rochester and how they can help devise solutions to address some of the city's pressing problems. Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and a staff member also attend and share their perspectives about what the city needs and is working to be. Warren also relays where she sees positive momentum for change.
Dialogues Without Borders was an idea that Kay Wallace and her husband, Peter Oddleifson, of Rochester pitched to the Community Foundation in response to the stunning December 2013 poverty report. (For more information on how the effort got started, read this article.)
Dialogues have been held in Penfield, Pittsford, Brighton, Greece, Henrietta, and Irondequoit.
For many participants, a big question is "What can I do?" See below for a list of opportunities in the greater Rochester community. For a list to easily share and print, click here.
To Advocate for Systemic Change in Greater Rochester:
- To advocate for all children in Greater Rochester, join The Children’s Agenda Advocacy Network. Contact email@example.com or 585.256.2620, ext. 2602. Learn more at www.thechildrensagenda.org.
- To advocate for equity in education in Greater Rochester get involved with Great Schools for All, a broad community-wide coalition. Contact conveners John Wilkinson firstname.lastname@example.org or Lynette Sparks email@example.com or at 585.271.6513.
- To advocate for an expanded Urban Suburban Inter-district Transfer Program, consider forming an advocacy group of friends and neighbors to meet with your school superintendent and school board members. Contact Theresa J. Woodson, Urban-Suburban Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 585.249.7046.
- To advocate for racial/ethnic equity, consider becoming involved with the Facing Race, Embracing Equity (FR=EE) initiative. Contact Natalie Banks, Administrative Coordinator, at email@example.com or 585.325.5116, ext. 1732.
- To advocate for more affordable housing in your town in greater Rochester, consider forming an informal advocacy group of friends and neighbors to meet with the town supervisor and town board members.
- To advocate for more affordable housing in the greater Rochester area, contact YWCA of Rochester & Monroe County CEO Jean Carroll at firstname.lastname@example.org or 585.546.5820.
To Partner (Businesses or Nonprofits) with a School in the Rochester City School District:
To Tutor or Mentor a Student in the Rochester City School District:
Tutoring at School 3
, Young Mothers or Interim Health Academy
: Contact Sue Maddock, Coordinator, at email@example.com
Tutoring at School 35
: Contact Ike Neilson, Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Women Helping Girls
mentoring program of American Association of University Women: Get details at www.womenhelpinggirls.org
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Rochester
mentoring program: Get details at www.BeABig.org
or contact Allison Hildebrandt, Volunteer Coordinator, at email@example.com
or 585.442.2332, ext.108
To Train and Hire Rochester Youth: Hillside Work-Scholarship Program
To Volunteer at the Early Care and Education Quality Council or Member Child Care Centers: