2020 AC LEAP Impact Summary

Posted on November 11th, 2020 by lbrown

AC Summer LEAP is a six-week summer enrichment program that seeks to close the opportunity gap in Rochester by offering high-quality summer learning experiences to students with low income.


AC LEAP delivered a comprehensive program this past summer despite the challenges of COVID-19.  As part of the Rochester Summer Learning Collaborative, AC LEAP offered weekly deliveries of project-based learning boxes and food along with virtual classes in core academic subjects, art, wellness, and music.  AC LEAP also provided individualized social emotional support to students, and socially distant celebrations including the Backyard BBQ and the annual Student Showcase.  


AC LEAP served:

  • 111 students

AC LEAP distributed: 

  • 604 project-based learning boxes
  • 4,664 meals

AC LEAP students attended: 

  • 476 virtual class sessions attended

AC LEAP faculty & staff made: 

  • 352 face-to-face contacts
  • 228 phone contacts
  • 206 text contacts

View our full 2020 AC LEAP Impact Summary


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Local Politicians and School #17 Greenhouse Ribbon Cutting

Posted on June 17th, 2019 by Amelia Fitzsimmons

On Friday, June 7th, Mayor Lovely Warren and Senator Joe Robach helped Enrico Fermi School #17 students cut the ribbon on a greenhouse. The greenhouse was made possible by many including the United Way, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and the Green Visions program. The goal of the greenhouse is to encourage students to live a greener lifestyle while also teaching them how plants and vegetables are grown.

Green Visions is a workforce development program providing job training and experience for the youth of the JOSANA community in Rochester, growing flowers and futures on once vacant city lots. This summer, Allendale Columbia Summer LEAP will be partnering with the Green Visions to plant and harvest a flower garden on site at AC. Seventy five percent of AC LEAP participants are residents of the JOSANA neighborhood and attend Enrico Fermi School #17, and we join with the community in support of these students as they make green choices and give back to their community. This summer, our students will develop career-readiness skills training and practice in entrepreneurship as part of our program. We are excited to collaborate with Green Visions and make our campus a contributing part of JOSANA neighborhood’s rejuvenation.


AC Summer LEAP partner, School #17, get's new greenhouse.
Rochester, N.Y. – It was a day of celebration at Enrico Fermi School No. 17 in Rochester as its new greenhouse was unveiled.

Students will be able to help grow plant life in the greenhouse. Thanks to staff members from the Cornell Cooperative Extension, strawberries are already sprouting.

United Way of Greater Rochester volunteers have also helped build and plant flower beds.

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