Creating links between individual efforts is the best way to bridge gaps in childhood development.

Connected Communities

Connected Communities

Our community has a wealth of leaders, agencies, and grassroots advocates with the talent and passion for change for kids. We can be more successful if we join together to tackle children’s issues holistically—to achieve more sustainable, more measurable progress.

The Children’s Agenda works to ensure collaboration among business, faith, health care, and education communities so that we can address issues that are highly interconnected throughout a child’s development. We provide groups with the information and resources they need to mobilize effectively and make positive differences—in their neighborhoods and the shared community we call home. Whether change stems from grassroots or treetop efforts, we aim to help it grow. We provide backbone staffing for a number of efforts that align multiple parties in improving outcomes for children, including ROC the Future, Rochester’s Leadership Council for Healthy Weight, and more:
  • The Children’s Policy Council focuses and unites community advocacy on systemic policy change. Convened by Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, the purpose of the Children’s Policy Council is to prioritize and build bipartisan support for policy and funding changes to improve children’s health, education, and overall success. Members include leaders in local government, Monroe County school districts, business, labor, the faith community, philanthropy, health care, education, and children’s service providers.

    Contact Carolyn Lee-Davis at carolyn@thechildrensagenda.org or (585) 256-2620 x2606 to learn more.

  • The Children’s Agenda’s Interfaith Collaborative equips the faith community to take effective action for kids. Its cornerstone annual Children’s Interfaith Weekend is an opportunity for people and leaders of faith in the Rochester community to pray for and celebrate children while learning and taking action on the most pressing issues that impact their development. It’s a platform to enlist and empower thousands to voice their collective support for needed change.

    Past Interfaith Weekends have included the call to action to write letters to county and state officials, urging them to increase funding for childcare subsidies for low-income working families. In 2014, Collaborative members delivered a total of 3,720 letters from congregants and child care subsidy advocates to leaders in Albany.

    Register for the 2016 Children’s Interfaith Weekend, or contact Brigit Hurley at bhurley@thechildrensagenda.org or (585) 256-2620 x2602 to learn more.

  • The Greater Rochester Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) teaches parents that their voices are influential and provides them with the tools and knowledge to lead for the next generation. Parents come together one night a week for 20 weeks during each session and are trained in skills such as public speaking, critical thinking, agenda planning, understanding policy and law, and thriving with diversity. Some 60 parents have now graduated from PLTI locally as leaders who are influencing the social change our community’s children need. The Institute also works with programs and initiatives to facilitate attitudinal change towards parents and to help design systems reform for significant parental involvement.

    Contact Carolyn Lee-Davis at carolyn@thechildrensagenda.org or (585) 256-2620 x2606 to learn more.

Join us in harnessing the ideas of local leaders committed to progress. Check out our blog—Big Ideas, Little Kids—to read the perspectives of advocates from the business, faith, government, and higher education communities. Like us, they want to make the next decade one of dramatic change and achievement for kids.