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Applications Open for Rochester Community University 

Applications opened, December 13, for the next cohort of Rochester Community University. The program helps city residents learn how to advocate for themselves and their neighborhoods. 


“I encourage residents to register for Rochester Community University and learn about resources and the art of advocacy to champion positive change for themselves and their neighbors,” said Mayor Malik D. Evans. “Civic discourse is critical to building a stronger, more vibrant community; we all have a role to play in creating a city of hope where every resident has the opportunity to thrive.” 


Administered by the City’s Neighborhood Service Centers in partnership with the Bureau of Planning, Rochester Community University allows participants to develop and refine their civic-engagement skills and learn about City resources. Topic areas include City Codes and Zoning Decoded; City Governance 101; A behind the scenes trip to the 311 Call Center and more. 


The program’s sessions take place from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays, Jan. 11 to Feb. 8, and are conducted via Zoom or in-person dependent on topic. A full course list, application and schedule can be found at or any of the four Neighborhood Service Center locations


The deadline to apply is 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 29. For more information, contact Daisy Algarin, Neighborhood Service Center Director, at (585) 428-7711 or  



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