Youth Program

Cameron’s After School Program, Teen Center, Kids Cafe and Summer Safe Haven Program offer kids & teens in the Lyell-Otis Neighborhood and beyond a safe place to learn, grow and have fun!

Youth Program

Cameron’s Youth Programs are designed to help bridge the academic and social-emotional achievement gap that children living in poverty face. Cameron offers children in the Lyell-Otis neighborhood and beyond a safe place to go after school and in the summer. Students receive academic support through guided homework help and tutoring, as well as daily math and reading activities. Students receive experiential support through fieldtrips art and music programs, financial literacy, and social skills development. 

Summer Program

Cameron’s Summer Safe Haven Program is an academic focused summer learning program. The program’s goal is to combat summer learning loss in math and reading, as well as expose students to all that the Rochester community and surrounding regions have to offer through weekly field trips. It is a summer full of hands-on learning and activities!

Teen Center

The Teen Center is an extension of the After School Program and will serve teens grades 7-12th. This program strives to bridge the academic and social-emotional achievement gap that teens living in poverty face. It is a safe place for teens to go after school and in the summer. Participants receive academic support through guided homework assistance and tutoring as well as leadership and life skills programming in order to promote individual growth. More information here!

The CDF Freedom School® at Cameron

Cameron is proud to be hosting a Children’s Defense Fund (CDF)
Freedom School this summer!
In close alignment with summer youth programming that we traditionally host, the CDF Freedom Schools® program provides summer enrichment through a research-based and multicultural curriculum that supports scholars and their families through five essential components: high quality academic and character-building enrichment; parent and family involvement; civic engagement and social action; intergenerational servant leadership development; and nutrition, health and mental health. We cannot wait to enhance our programming by offering this incredible experience to the Cameron community.

*A special thank you to the American Baptist Home Missions Society and The William & Sheila Konar Foundation for helping to sponsor the program this summer!

R&R Groups

The pressures to engage in unhealthy lifestyles are immense in the Cameron neighborhood. There are many factors that create an environment for poor choices and negative behaviors that can have life-long consequences. Most of Cameron’s children (98%) live beneath poverty level standards and are considered at risk. These pressures can have long term effects on future success including self-sufficiency. We believe that empowering youth with resources is the most effective means of breaking the cycle of poverty.

At Cameron we recognized the need for a group to teach the 4th- 6th grade youth life skills, about respecting themselves and others and being responsible for themselves and others.  We created a small group called The R&R Group.

The program is working. It is truly changing the lives of our youth. Since its inception in 2013, R&R has evolved into an incredible group with many successes to report. This year we couldn’t be more proud of two of our young ladies, who after a tour with R&R Group, are attending Mercy High School and are on Honor Roll. We also are excited to share that we have a young man who was accepted into McQuaid for this coming school year. We believe that R&R is arming the youth with the tools needed to be confident, successful, independent adults.

R&R stands for Respect and Responsibility. Our motto is “Be strong, be confident, be fearless, and stick to your goals.”

R&R Activities

  • Field trips to local high schools and colleges
  • Field trips to businesses
  • Regular meetings once per week
  • Dinner party with attire & etiquette skills
  • Personal health and hygiene skills
  • Inspirational/motivational speakers
  • Junior Achievement courses on financial literacy
  • Career Exploration
  • Pairings with mentors in the community related to career choices

R&R Outcomes

  • Increased Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence
  • Enhanced knowledge of career opportunities and what it takes to acquire a position
  • Increased amount of responsibility and leadership
  • Expanded trust and communication
  • Between peers and staff
  • Expanded knowledge of financial literacy
  • Increased social skills resulting in enhanced comfort in social settings
  • Increased motivation and goal setting

Take Action

Volunteer opportunities are available in the After School Program and Teen Center to tutor and provide homework assistance.

Sarah Green
Youth Programs Director
Jonathan Coyle
Teen Program Director