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Justice & Opportunity for Youth (JOY)

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Organization: Justice & Opportunity for Youth (JOY)


Organization Mission: Our Mission To inspire and empower young women and girls to embrace and develop their personal strengths to improve the quality of life for themselves and their community.



JOY connects with young women and girls in middle school and high school, encouraging healthy relationships and good decision-making skills. We strive to build them into leaders in their schools and communities.

JOY works through a documented change theory that relies on the concepts of Belonging, Generosity, Competence, and Independence. Through understanding, practicing and living these values, along with caring adults for correction and guidance, the pattern of poverty, crime and neglect can be broken by girls and young women.

JOY is committed to partnering with community organizations, schools, established medical & social work communities, businesses and other non-profit organizations in the belief that no single program can resolve the overwhelming needs of high-risk girls and young women. The volunteers that work with JOY youth understand the social norms, poverty barriers and cultural expectations that often prevent traditional programs from being effective. They also understand how to access the care, basic needs and attention that all youth need. Tutoring/mentoring, college visits, field trips and experiential lessons are tools used by the volunteers.

JOY is not a faith-based program and is open to girls and young women of all faiths.




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Lvl 1: Children & Youth ; Diversity and Inclusion

Lvl 2: Women ; Recreation & Open Space

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  • For the commercial sector, we tend to register startup activities (new companies and new commercial projects) that bring diversification and high-impact opportunities to the area.
  • For the non-profit sector, we wish to shine light on all the organizations and services that otherwise labor under relative obscurity.
  • Our hope is that will encourage cross-sector collaborations and creative solutions.

While there are a number of registries in the community,'s  distinct value is to pilot a database with a data structure and categorizations that answer the questions such as: What organizations or projects/programs in our community that have purported relevance with some of the over-arching focuses put forward by initiatives such as DMC, J2G and Health Improvements?

This database could be used as one of the ways to explore the capacities of the community. If you are someone on an exploratory journey to learn about the greater Rochester community. could be an interesting first step.

The following defines the various project phases:
  1. Available - a product, program or service is in production
  2. Develop - program or application is being developed
  3. Plan - idea is solid, stakeholders are identified, and there is strong commitment to go forward from all parties.
  4. Concept Phase - idea scoped out with enough details to give an early sizing and/or to build a proof of concept
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.
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