mentoring teens fighting for a better future.

help the Champion Academy make a difference

The Problem

Rochester is in trouble...

Thousands of teens are growing up in neighborhoods infested with gangs, drugs and violence, leaving teens feeling hopeless as they look for a way to escape the cycle of poverty.

...But we are fighting back

The Champion Academy provides the support, accountability and skills that teens need to fight for their future. Our members learn to create a positive vision for their future and use their negative past experience to fuel their success.

The Problem

Rochester is in trouble...

Thousands of teens are growing up in neighborhoods infested with gangs, drugs and violence, leaving teens feeling hopeless as they look for a way to escape the cycle of poverty.

...But we are fighting back

The Champion Academy provides the support, accountability and skills that teens need to fight for their future. Our members learn to create a positive vision for their future and use their negative past experience to fuel their success.

The Solution

ROle Models

We strategically place adult and peer mentors in the lives our members so they the have support that they need when and where they need it.

Positive Goals

We help our members connect emotional management and academics performance to their future success.

Life Skills

We also provide members with the skills they need to reach their goals.
“As an educator of 26 years, I am deeply impressed with the social, emotional and academic transformation I’ve seen by students within the Champion Academy. This program is an intelligent and impactful solution that should be expanded.”
Cindy Champlin
Educator of 26 Years
“Participating in the Champion Academy has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. This program is the necessary bridge our community desperately needs to connect students with tremendous need with people of means willing to help get them out of emotional and physical poverty.”
Dr. Edward Schwarz
Director, Center for Musculoskeletal Research, Burton Professor of Orthopedics
“I started volunteering for the Champion Academy and was moved beyond words by the work they are doing. They engage students in a real way and have the courage to provide them with the love, honesty and discipline they really need to succeed.”
Antony Owens
Member Accountability Coach, Champion Academy