Youth & Teen Programs

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 K-6th 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 from July 5th – August 12th.
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!

Kid’s Cafe

Foodlink’s Kids Cafe program was started with one goal in mind: To provide free meals and snacks to kids, and to do this at safe community locations in an effort to stomp out childhood hunger.

Poor nutrition has been linked to a number of social, behavioral, and educational problems in kids. Low energy levels, shortened attention spans, early onset of Type 2 diabetes, and childhood obesity are just some of the side effects in kids not receiving a proper diet.

R&R Groups

Cameron’s Youth Programming provides a welcoming, safe place for youth to socialize, learn and grow. The programs provide academic support such as guided homework assistance and tutoring, life skills to promote individual growth, exposure opportunities, physical activities and more. 

Specifically, the Respect & Responsibility (R&R) Groups teach the 4th-12th grade youth about respecting themselves and others and being responsible for themselves and others. The youth are broken into age and self-identified gender appropriate subgroups. The groups spend time together each week, building trusting relationships with each other and with facilitators. The groups discuss important topics such as self-confidence, healthy habits, self-sufficiency, sexuality, etiquette, mental health and wellness, plans for the future, and so much more. R&R for Girls started in 2013 with start-up funding from the Rochester Women’s Giving Circle and Rochester Female Charitable Society, (both of whom still support the project today). R&R for Boys quickly followed. A major success of the groups is the private school partnerships established. As a result, we have six young ladies enrolled at Our Lady of Mercy and one young man at McQuaid Jesuit. With the financial assistance of generous Cameron supporters, and the incredible hard work and perseverance of these students, they are thriving. We believe that R&R is arming the youth with the tools needed to be confident, successful, independent adults.

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


Cameron’s has a scholarship program that helps send talented youths to private schools. Two of the recipients just graduated from high school and will be joining college in the fall.

Take Action

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

Mildrena Vega

Teen Program Director & Private school parent liaison

Luis Mateo

Interim K-6th Program Director