Adolescents & Youths

Adolescent Reentry Task Force – Hillside Family of Agencies

259 Monroe Avenue, 3rd Floor
Rochester, NY  14607
Contact: Mark Karnisky
Phone: (585) 797-3546

Area of Service:

Work with adolescents pre and post-incarceration.  Partner with Community Place of Greater Rochester, Southwest Area Neighborhood, and Charles Settlement House using a Community Navigator Services approach to link individuals to appropriate services.   Link individuals and family members to other community services.


Action for a Better Community – Youth Advocacy and Intervention Program

49 Stone St.
Rochester, NY 14604
Contact: Paul McFadden
Phone: (585) 325-5116
Fax: (585) 325-9180
Website: A.B.C. – Youth Services

Area of Service:
A series of life skills/social skills development classes for youth and young adults who seek denouncement from gang association; conflict resolution;
street outreach for targeted gang members in need of intervention/prevention services;
financial literacy and budget workshops to help cope with the stress of converting from illegitimate money-making to legitimate financial income;

Social work-ethic skills training to prepare for effectiveness in the working world.

Clients: Youth (ages 7-21) involved in or at risk or becoming involved in street gangs / street culture.


Boys & Girls Club

500 Genesee St.
Rochester, NY 14619
Contact: Victor Davidson
Phone: (585) 328-3077
Website: Boys and Girls Club – Rochester

Areas of Service
Multiple Youth and Family Support services, including Reentry Program



Locally at Compeer Rochester, Inc.

259 Monroe Ave.
Rochester, NY 14607
Contact: Dana Frame
Phone: (585) 546-8280
Website: Compeer Rochester

Areas of Service
Mental-health recovery program. Helping adults & children cope with mental illness through the “power of friendship,” a complement to therapy.


The Center for Youth

905 Monroe Ave.
Rochester, NY 14620
Phone: (585) 473-2464
Website: Center for Youth

24-hour help line Phone: (585) 271-7670
Toll free Phone: (888) 617-5437
Office Phone: (585) 473-2464

Areas of Service:

Counseling, shelter, education, referrals, & more. Information & opportunities for young people to explore from their perspectives & on their terms.


The Children’s Institute

274 N. Goodman St., Suite D103
Rochester, NY 14607
Website: The Children’s Institute

Offers expert training re: children w/incarcerated parents.

Connie Rodriguez, M.S.Ed., Early Child & Education Specialist
Phone: (585) 295-1000.

In addition to local data, resources utilized in this training include Parents in Prison and Their Minor Children, Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report, Aug. 2007 (pp. 25); Families Left Behind: The Hidden Costs of Incarceration and Reentry, Urban Institute, Oct. 2003, rev. June 2005 (pp. 12); and Broken Bonds: Understanding and Addressing the Needs of Children with Incarcerated Parents, Urban Institute, Feb. 2008


Genesis House –  Shelter for Homeless & Runaway children ages 16-20.

The Salvation Army facility
Rochester, NY
Phone: (585) 235-2660
Website: The Salvation Army


Ibero – American Action League

777 Clifford Avenue
Rochester, NY 14621
Phone:  (585) 454-1200
Website: Ibero-Youth Services Department

Areas of Service:

Provide services education, health, leadership development, cultural enrichment, and employment services, and positive role models. Our special emphasis is on the youth who face socio-economic challenges.

Rochester Drug Free Streets Initiative: Partner with multiple Service Providers and Police Dept.

  • With  Project Hope reduce open-air marijuana markets through a shift to a  system that makes appropriate use of civil remedies and restores community social controls.  Utilizes a “restorative justice” approach to an infraction.   When that is not sufficient, they may make the case for the issuance of ‘stay away’ orders that allows for violations to be addressed with civil rather than criminal charges.
  • Connect the individuals currently selling with support to achieve their goals and meet their needs in other ways and keep them off the streets.


Industry Secure Facility for Youth

Those who wish to mentor or teach young men at Industry, must fill out volunteer forms in advance.

For instructions & forms, contact:

Rahsaan H. DeLain, M.S. MHC CASAC-T
Assistant Facility Director
Industry Residential Center
375 Rush-Scottsville Road
Rush, NY 14543
Phone: (585) 533-2807
Fax: (585) 533-2822


Monroe County Probation

33 Fitzhugh St.
Rochester, NY 14614
Phone: (585) 753-3765
Website: Monroe County Probation


Pathways to Peace

200 West Ave.
Rochester, NY 14611
Phone: (585) 428-6339
Website: Pathways to Peace

Areas of Service:
A City of Rochester program: “Choose peace over violence.” Helps adolescents & young adults live safely.

Advocates for youths, helps overcome obstacles & create opportunities. Links youths to services, programs, job opportunities. Workshops.


Teen Empowerment

392 Genesee St.
Rochester, NY 14611
Contact: Doug Ackley
Phone: (585) 697-3453
Website: Teen Empowerment

Areas of Service:

Empower youth and adults as agents of individual, institutional, and social change.

Teen Empowerment (TE) inspires young people, and the adults who work with them, to think deeply about the most difficult social problems in their communities, and gives them the tools they need to work with others in creating significant positive change.


Villa of Hope

3300 Dewey Ave.
Rochester, NY 14616
Phone: (585) 865-1550
Website: Villa of Hope

Area of Service:
Adolescent Residential
Outpatient Chemical Dependency Services
Eligibility requirements: Must have substance abuse/dependency diagnosis.

Ages Served: 13-18

Gender Served:
Male only for Residential
Male and Female for Outpatient

Payment Options: Medicaid, BCBS, Aetna, self-pay.
Adolescent Residential and Outpatient Chemical Dependency Services. Must have substance abuse/dependency diagnosis.

Male and Female for Outpatient Services

Male only for Residential Services

Ages 13 to 18


Local News:

“Why are more Monroe County kids in the juvenile justice system?” by Denise-Marie Santiago (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, May 2, 2010)

“Troubled Rochester youth shares his story,” by Denise-Marie Santiago (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, May 3, 2010)

“Justice for youth: Monroe’s system too often is failing youthful offenders,” editorial, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, May 10, 2010, p. 7A.

Legal Terms

(Source: NYS Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives)

Juvenile Delinquent (JD):

A person between the ages 7 and 16, who commits an act which if had been committed by an adult, would have been a crime.

Juvenile Offender:

A criminal charge for a person charged with certain serious felonies alleged to have been committed when the person was at least 13 years old and less than 16 years old and processed in Criminal Court.

Person in Need of Supervision (PINS):

A person less than eighteen years of age who does not attend school in accordance with the education law or who is incorrigible, ungovernable, or habitually disobedient and beyond the lawful control of a parent of other person legally responsible for such child’s care, or who possesses or uses illegal or controlled substances.

Probation Services:

Intake/diversion, investigation, supervision, support/collection, and other special or related service delivery programs provided by a local probation department.

Probation Team:

A group of probation officers or other probation personnel authorized by the local director of probation to perform supervision functions, who are designated to share the responsibility for case management and/or service delivery for either the full term of supervision or a limited period of time. A probation team may perform a specific supervision task or a variety of duties, in accordance with procedures established by the local director of probation.