The Monroe County/Rochester Youth Committee serves to advise the local Workforce Investment Board on the development and implementation of workforce development services to youth throughout Monroe County. The Committee will lead the integration of services to youth in order to make more efficient and effective use of program resources from all system partners. The Committee is comprised of volunteer members with special interest or expertise in youth policy including but not limited to youth service agencies, juvenile justice and local law enforcement, education, public housing authorities, human and health services, parents, business representatives, and grantors.



Elizabeth Skender                              ACCESS-VR

Kareem Hayes                                   RIT

Shalym O. Nater                                Ibero-American Action League

Reginald Walton                                Job Corps

Joan L. Moorehead                             Monroe Community College

Mike Barry                                         Monroe County

Richard Turner                                   Monroe County Department of Economic Development

Chuck Allan                                        Monroe County Department of Human Services

Karla Boyce                                        Monroe County Department of Human Services

Hanif Abdul-Wahid                              Monroe County Department of Workforce Development

Staff- Bibianna Silvera-Portacio             RochesterWorks! Inc.

Staff-Mary McKeown                            RochesterWorks! Inc.

Staff- Theodore Jordan                        RochesterWorks! Inc.

Staff- Viatta Tolbert-Carter                   RochesterWorks! Inc.

Staff- Antwan Williams                         RochesterWorks! Inc.

Staff- Cassilda Campbell                       RochesterWorks! Inc.

Leslie Harvey                                      The Housing Council of Rochester

Beverly Gushue                                   U Prep

Rosemarie McKinney                            United Way of Greater Rochester

Jessica Wilson                                     Villa of Hope

Caridad Sosa-Blackwell                        Volunteer, Parent Representative

Keith E. Babuszczak, Ed.D.                   Chief of School Innovation for Career Pathways and Integrated Learning

Patricia Stovall-Lane                            Pathstone Corporation

Jamilah Oquendo                                Office of Probation


The Youth Works Model

The Council believes that fundamental to the creation and growth of a sound, inclusive youth investment system that can successfully engage and develop our emerging workforce, is the commitment and ability of key state and local community leaders to position, support, and grow the capacity of collaborative efforts involving grant funding and/or otherwise.  The Youth Works-A Workforce Development Model focuses on how our community can create an environment/system that addresses the interests of family, business and industry, K-12 education, workforce development, youth groups, community and faith-based organizations, local government officials, and others.