The Center for Youth is Ready for Roc The Taste

July 8, 2019

Along with Villa of Hope, the Center for Youth is a beneficiary of “Tribute to Youth” weekend at ROC the Taste, held July 26th-July 27th in Parcel 5, downtown Rochester. Activities at ROC the Taste help The Summit and TOPS Markets support the Center for Youth. Jason Roberts, Director of Development, Marketing & Special Events at The Center is our guest blogger.

The Center for Youth is grateful and looking forward to participating in ROC the Taste in Parcel 5 this month! Our representatives will be on-site at The Summit’s tent Friday, July 26th. Please come talk to us, and of course help The Summit raise money for us by spinning their prize wheel or by purchasing water donated by Tops Markets, who is also supporting us with sales of food at their tent.

About the Center for Youth
The Center for Youth is the only agency in our region that provides services to young people that are free, confidential and do not require parental consent. For almost 50 years, the youth-founded agency has been providing emergency shelter services to runaway and homeless youth emergency shelter services.

The Center is the most steadfast and consistent agency in Monroe County to work with and support homeless youth spanning a wide age and demographic mix. The Center provides comprehensive programs and services from prevention education to counseling to emergency shelter to youth development opportunities, with respect for and full participation of youth.

All services are provided with the deep belief that young people, given information and support, want to and can make their own positive life choices.

Center for Youth programs include:

Crisis Nursery of Greater Rochester
Two locations that deliver free, temporary childcare during family emergencies, with over 100 volunteers and serving nearly 2,000 children yearly.

New Beginning House for Young Men
 A shelter providing support to young men who are homeless or disconnected from traditional supports.

Emergency Shelter
A free, confidential and voluntary 13-bed shelter serving youth 12-18 years old for up to 30 days, and the only free and voluntary Emergency Shelter in the Rochester area for youth 12-15 years old.

The Arnett House
An LGBTQ and trafficked homeless youth initiative, the Arnett house is an independent residence scheduled to open in the fall of 2019 to provide housing and support services to young people disproportionately impacted by homelessness.

Nook Food & Supply Pantry
Easy access to non-perishable foods, hygiene items and household supplies, providing food security to young people and their families.

Transitional Living Program
Delivers case management and/or housing services to youth living in unstable conditions or who are homeless. Helps young men and women ages 16-21 become self-sufficient and transition into stable housing.

Host Homes Program
Emergency and long-term residences for pregnant and parenting young people during times of homelessness, provided by individuals and families throughout our region.

Chrysalis House Maternity Group Home
Gives homeless pregnant and parenting youth access to a licensed, voluntary home environment, quality crisis childcare services, academic support and workforce development training – all under one umbrella.

The Center for Youth relies on private grants, foundations and donations to answer the call from our community’s most vulnerable young people 24/7, 365 days a year. For more information on the Center for Youth, visit us at or on Facebook:

And please stop to see us at The Summit’s tent on Friday the 26th at ROC the Taste!