June 2020 E-News

School Resource Officers Removed from RCSD

Earlier this month, Rochester City Council ended their contract for armed police in the Rochester City School District (RCSD), joining a select few other cities making the same choice more recently, including Minneapolis, MN, Portland, OR, and Denver, CO.  This happened thanks to years of effort by the Alliance For Quality Education, Citizen's Action, Teen Empowerment, the ACLU, and other partners in the Community Task Force on School Climate.  It also happened thanks to your hundreds of emails and phone calls supporting the move to decriminalize schools and instead invest in social-emotional supports for students.  We want to thank Mayor Lovely Warren and the members of City Council for taking this very positive action.

Now, we are asking the RCSD Board of Education to use the savings on police to hire back counselors and social workers. Adding back these positions will support students’ social-emotional needs at a very difficult time. 

If RCSD can reimagine school safety without armed police, then every school district in Monroe County and New York State can too! Join our Advocacy Network to help improve outcomes for students in Monroe County.

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Advocacy… Never… Stops…

For children facing extreme challenges, it just can’t.  As a result of the pandemic, our community is suffering. And it’s changing.  But while the issues The Children’s Agenda works on may change, our work itself does not.  

Our advocacy continues, our research on smart choices evolves and deepens, and our work with collaborative partners to build a bold future where systems work for kids has only begun.  

Our Mid-Year appeal has begun. Now, like so many others, The Children’s Agenda’s finances are at risk because of the pandemic.  We need your support! 

Please look for your Mid-Year appeal in the mail, or if you would like to make a donation today, please click here 

Thank you for your support!

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FREE Grab & Go meal locations all over the city for city youth

Did you know there are FREE Grab & Go meal locations all over the city
where you can pick up free meals to bring home for your kids? 

The Rochester City School District, Foodlink, and the City of Rochester have teamed up to organized safe drop-in locations all across the city where free meals are being offered for Rochester youth or their families to pick up and bring home, all summer long.  A complete list is available by dialing 2-1-1 or visiting www.SummerMealsROC.org.

All city residents 18 years old and younger are eligible.  There is no paperwork involved. Kids or other family members can just show up during the scheduled times and grab meals to bring home for any child 18 years old and younger.

For more information email Aaron Lattanzio, Summer Meals Coordinator at alattanzio@causewave.org.

Racism as a public health crisis

The Children’s Agenda’s mission is to advocate for effective policies and drive evidence-based solutions for the health, education and success of children, especially children who are vulnerable because of poverty, racism, health disparities and trauma. 

The board of directors of The Children’s Agenda formally endorsed the Rochester Black Agenda Group’s declaration that “Racism is a Public Health Crisis” in its last meeting on June 11th.  We urge as many other organizations and individuals as possible to join us in signing the declaration.

Racism as a public health crisis starts before birth.  Black women in the U.S. are five times more likely to die than white women from pregnancy, a rate far higher than all other racial/ethnic populations... (Read more)

Help raise funds for ROC the Future by participating in Auction for Action 

Auction for Action is a group of forty artists that have joined together to support positive and equitable change within the Rochester City School District. You can support by bidding on select auction items, making a cash donation, or sharing this opportunity among your network and social media platforms.  

All proceeds will go to ROC the Future to help us continue the collective impact work we are doing to improve the academic success of Rochester's children.  

The Children's Agenda analysis of City of Rochester budget released

On June 15th, The Children's Agenda released our analysis of the 2020-2021 City of Rochester budget.

In times of crisis, priorities are revealed.  Given the very challenging environment in which the 2020-21 budget was created, we recognize that budget cuts were necessary.  We believe that as funds become available, whenever possible, programs impacting children and youth should be restored first.

For example, invest in our youth development workforce.  When funding to restore cuts is available, R-Center positions should be upgraded. Training in youth development principles, trauma-informed care, and restorative practices should be provided to all youth-facing City employees... (Read All Our Recommendations).

National TCA partner summarizes potential federal legislation

The Children's Agenda is a proud member of the Partnership for America's Children, a national organization that supports a network of 52 state and local children’s advocacy organizations in 41 states.  

Each month, we will post information from the Partnership in relation to legislation affecting children at a federal level.  Click here to read the June update.

Happy Juneteeth

by Larry Marx, CEO, The Children’s Agenda

I’ve always been in awe of the fact that Juneteenth celebrates the symbolic last moment of freedom for enslaved Black people in this country, rather than the first moment.  The first moment, of course, was President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, an earthquake in human history, a cunning tactic to win a war (it didn’t apply to border states in the Union itself, only Confederate states), a terrible compromise, and a stroke of divine justice.  As celebrations go, we usually celebrate the first time something happens in a life-cycle, like birthdays, weddings, graduations, New Year’s Eve, etc.  The culture in our country is ... (Read more)

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