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Project STYA

Successfully Transitioning Youth to Adolescence (STYA)

STYA is a 5 year project funded by the New York State Department of Health through which the Division of General Pediatrics, in collaboration with three community-based agencies, Metro Council for Teen Potential, Society for the Protection and Care of Children, and Center for Youth, delivers services to children ages 9 to 12 years in the inner city of Rochester. This program is available, free, to children who reside in qualifying zip code zones of Rochester, and provides over 28 hours of adult-supervised programming to promote youth development. During the school year, we offer after-school activities and adult-led discussion at 13 sites. Our available sites rotate throughout the school year, and many are affiliated with local recreation programs and schools. During the summer, we offer activities programs and field trips at 3 sites. Each year, we serve approximately 180 children in Rochester through this program which is designed to promote healthy youth development.

Community Partners


October 2016, STYA Spotlight from ACT for Youth Center of Excellence

500 Healthy Alternatives Project, 2014-2015 school year

  • The general goal of this project was for kids to brainstorm - and therefore understand - how many possibilities there are for them to grow, discover their interests and capabilities, and execute them in place of unhealthy decisions down the road. It was an ongoing project and took place at four different community sites throughout the city of Rochester: Flint Recreation Center, Lincoln Library, Enrico Fermi School #17, and Abraham Lincoln School #22. More than fifty students in the STYA program dedicated their imagination to this project.

D&C Story, April 2015

Rochester Community TV Video, February 2015