AC Summer LEAP Extends Beyond the Classroom

Posted on October 16th, 2019 by acsrochester

This summer, AC LEAP once again welcomed more than 100 Rochester City School District students to campus for six weeks of learning, wellness, and enrichment activities.

During the program students enjoyed:

  • Individualized reading instruction
  • Field trips
  • Family-style lunches
  • STEM activities
  • Weekly swimming

For the past six years, AC has partnered with School #17 to provide high-quality summer learning to students from the Rochester City School District. By extending the community school support students enjoy during the academic year, AC LEAP works to close the opportunity gap often experienced by students with low-income during the summer months.

“To be with these kids every summer and to see their growth is amazing,”said AC Alumnus Justin Kennedy, who works in the fifth grade classroom. “They continue to impress me with how passionate they are and how much they invest in our community. It means so much to me to be able to work with them and see them develop as people.” 

Beyond their classroom studies in reading, math, and STEM, AC LEAP students explored this year’s program theme: Restorative Justice League, in which they used restorative practices to build community and resolve conflict. They also had the opportunity to meet with, and learn about, a variety of restorative justice leaders from the Rochester community.

This year’s off-campus learning included:

A partnership with the Buffalo Bills Foundation and Alfred State’s Art Force 5 to create mosaics celebrating the centennial of women’s suffrage.







A visit from We’re Hair, a local, black owned mobile barber shop, to give students fresh haircuts so they could return to school looking and feeling their best.






Participation in a bilingual read-aloud with Hipocampo Bookstore.







And karate with Johnny Karate, a karate instructor from the city of Rochester, who taught students fun and interactive karate moves to build physical fitness and self-esteem.






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Lindsey Brown
Director of AC LEAP

Lindsey Brown

Lindsey Brown

Lindsey earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and master’s degree in Creative Writing at SUNY Brockport and holds New York State Teacher Certifications in Primary Education with a Bilingual Extension, Spanish (7-12), and English (7-12). She is currently working on her Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership which will be completed in the Spring of 2021. Before coming to Allendale Columbia, Lindsey worked in community health and taught in the Upward Bound Program at the University of Rochester. She is the Director of AC LEAP Program and the Director of Equity and Community Engagement.

AC LEAP Accomplishments Since 2014

  • More than 362 students and 329 families served
  • More than 1,800 books distributed
  • More than 12,400 meals served
  • More than 60 field trips taken
  • More than 37 community speakers

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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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