Playkit Drive for Kids!

SEAC is doing a playkit drive, supporting Healthi Kids! We are looking for sidewalk chalk, blowing bubbles, and crayons! You can drop off the donations at our main office or go directly to our wishlist!

Background on Playkits

Healthi Kids is a grassroots initiative of Common Ground Health. Together, our coalition advances policies, systems and environmental changes that prioritize kids and families at the center of all decision making. Our advocacy agenda centers around preventative actions that support children’s physical, social emotional, and physical health in Rochester and the Finger Lakes Region.

For the last decade, our coalition has been advancing safe and accessible play for children and their families across the city. Healthi Kids PlayROCs Advocacy Committee is comprised of residents, caregivers, neighborhood associations, the faith community and organizations. Together, the advocacy committee advances policy, systems and environmental changes that support a more playful city as part of our “PlayROCs campaign”.

In response to COVID-19, the PlayROCs Advocacy Committee members wanted to ensure every child still had access to unstructured play throughout the summer. Caregivers have shared with Healthi Kids staff that they are resource-overloaded but rarely have the material they need to execute the lessons or ideas they are seeing online.

In partnership with the City of Rochester’s Department of Recreation and Youth Services, the PlayROCs Advocacy Committee developed a pilot to put unstructured play items into the hands of kids and families. Between May 2020 and July 2020, we have distributed over 3,000 play kits across the City of Rochester. To date, the kits have been funded by both the Greater Rochester Health Foundation and the City of Rochester Department of Recreation and Youth Services.

Welcome Kirstyn (Kiki) Smith!

SEAC is excited to announce and welcome Kiki Smith to our community as our new Fundraising Coordinator!

Kiki has been a resident of the Park Avenue neighborhood since  she moved here in 1995. A former English teacher and professional volunteer,  she has years of experience fundraising for local schools and organizations.  Kiki  is proud to have raised her family  in  the “biggest small town you’ll ever find” and believes in the  importance and power of neighborhoods.  As a very active and transportation-challenged blind woman, she values the businesses, agencies, and resources in our community  and works to help them thrive.

Candidate Forum for Rochester City School District Board

The South East Area Coalition and the League of Women Voters have teamed up to create the Candidate Forum for Rochester City School District Board. This is a great opportunity to hear where candidate’s stand on education in Rochester and why they feel they are suited for the position.

You can download the Hyperlinked PDF here.

Click here to register for the event!

Welcome Jasmin Reggler

The South East Area Coalition is thrilled to welcome Jasmin Reggler to our Board of Directors!

Jasmin has been a resident of the South Wedge since moving to Rochester in 2007. She’s proud to also work in the neighborhood she lives in, as House Coordinator of St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality and Political Organizer with Rochester City Wide Tenant Union. Jasmin founded Rochester Free Store in 2013 (think Goodwill, but everything is free!) Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, Rochester Free Store had to close its doors in 2020. Jasmin looks forward to engaging with the community as part of her role on SEAC board.

Climate of Chang Event by Climate Solutions Accelerator

Climate of Change acknowledges the hard fact that deep injustice is both a cause and effect of climate change. To achieve awareness and inspire action, the Greater Rochester community is joining together for 22 days of learning and action for intersectional climate justice. Beginning on April 1 and culminating on Earth Day (April 22), Climate of Change aims to convene a diverse cross-section of community members to develop a clear understanding of how environmental injustice harms our region and advance a shared vision for positive change.

Following the model of the 21-day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge, participants will receive a daily email with content to help them explore, learn, and engage, through a mix of live presentations, facilitated discussions, videos, articles, and action opportunities.

The premier elements of the series will be four virtual events held each Thursday evening (April 1, 8, 15, and 22, 5:30-7:00 p.m.) that feature nationally recognized keynote speakers and local guest panelists. These outstanding presenters include Daphany Rose Sanchez, a NYC-based energy equity advocate and founder of Kinetic Communities, and Vic Barrett, a prominent youth climate activist with Earth Guardians.

Climate of Change was co-created by the Urban League of Rochester, Connected Communities, Ibero-American Action League, M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, City Roots Community Land Trust, St. Mark’s and St. John’s Episcopal Church, Rochester Area Community Foundation, and the Climate Solutions Accelerator of the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region.  

Full information and registration is at www.climategfl.org/climatejustice22days.