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CURCS: Connecting Universities to Rochester City Schools

The goal of CURCS is to target young, energetic and innovative college students as volunteers to serve as tutors, mentors and positive role models during the enrichment period of Expanded Learning Time schools.
1. Create and recruit for necessary college volunteer programs to serve in the ELT Rochester City Schools that show need for a specific program;
2. Collaborate with the seven Rochester area universities to establish connections with the fraternities, sororities, course professors, and colligate clubs to use the RCSD as an outlet for community engagement;
3. Recognize college volunteer programs that already exist within RCSD schools to establish a collaborative network to allow volunteer organizations at the seven Rochester area colleges to work together more effectively and efficiently.
CURCS is an innovative volunteering program as college volunteers are only required work a few hours a week during the semester with a strong supportive structure to ensure their satisfaction. The use of college students of different genders, races, religions, majors, and socioeconomic backgrounds is strategic in the sense that they are innovative and driven individuals who are relatable in age and generation to the young students whom they will be helping. CURCS is also unique in that we are seeking to collaborate with interested fraternities, sororities, course professors, and collegiate clubs from the seven Rochester institutions with a particular skill set, which they will implement during their volunteer sessions during ELT. Recognizing that many universities are already partnering with the RCSD, CURCS aims to provide additional support and create a network to encourage collaboration among the existing programs. Interested in becoming a CURCS volunteer? Or have an existing program you would CURCS to recognize and collaborate with? Please email


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