Program Sites:  Kindergarten-11th Grade

Encompass: 3D Summer Learning

This academically-based program engages students who are involved in foster care / protective services in inquiry-based learning, targeted tutoring, social-emotional learning opportunities, and enrichment. Participating students are identified by Monroe County Department of Human Services (DHS) or Child Protective Services (CPS), our school partners, or are children who have attended in the past. 3D is a holistic, supportive, and unique summer learning program that began in 2009 as a partnership between Encompass: Resources for Learning, Monroe County, and the Rochester City School District.

Program Director: Heather Krenzer

Heather Krenzer, Program Supervisor - Master's Level Educator and highly experienced in cross-agency collaborative models and community outreach. Responsible for the oversight of partners, ensuring reporting is completed, program outreach and recruitment, staff development and training, coordination of summer and academic enrichment programming. The staff member in the role has been with the program since the inception. She has more than 20 years of experience in Education, 8 years at the community based level. 


Phone: 585-395-5554


Encompass : Summer Grows

This program promotes academic and social skill development to address achievement gaps, foster a year-round culture of inquiry and enthusiasm, and provide continuity of support for 120 students and families of Discovery Charter School. Successful in preventing summer learning loss for more than 84% of students in its first two years, the 4-week program is an effective collaboration between Encompass: Resources for Learning, Discover Charter School, Greater Rochester Summer Learning Association / summerLEAP, and Nazareth College.

Program Director: Donna Meyer
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Donna Meyer, MS Ed. is a Program Administrator for EnCompass: Resources for Learning. She collaborates with school leaders and educators to address strategic priorities, and implement academic and social-emotional programming for vulnerable K-8 students in the City of Rochester and surrounding areas. Programs she oversees include programs with: Rochester City School District schools #17 and East High, Discovery Charter School, Exploration Charter School, Dansville Central Schools, Wayland Cohocton Central Schools and Canandaigua School District.

Donna is dedicated to helping all students experience success in school and life. Her expertise in reading instruction, commitment to working with students with special learning 

needs, and experience as an educational diagnostician help her lead programs and staff responsive to the needs of diverse learners. Donna joined EnCompass in 2002 as a Reading Teacher at The Norman Howard School, a NYS approved special education school. Both EnCompass and The Norman Howard School are programs of Education Success Foundation.


Phone: 585-261-0694


Horizons at the Harley School 

The Horizons Student Enrichment Program at The Harley School has been serving low income, City of Rochester students in Kindergarten through 8th grade since 1995. The program, an affiliate of the Horizons National summer learning program, is one of the oldest in the country.

The six-week summer program employs an experiential model of teaching that is focused on reading, writing and math. Our hands-on, project-based curriculum successfully counteracts the negative effects of summer learning loss and the associated achievement gap. Students not only improve academically, but learn to swim and participate in a breadth of activities that foster creativity, confidence, citizenship and good health.

The Harley School is an independent college preparatory school serving day students in Rochester, NY. Founded in 1917 by Harriet Bentley, The Harley School spans from nursery school to the twelfth grade and serves approximately 500 students. Its campus includes recently renovated and expanded academic facilities, a 25-meter swimming pool, a large field house, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, several outdoor recreation areas, a creek, and an organic garden.

Program Director: Robin Mitchell

Robin is the executive director of the Horizons at Harley program. He joined Horizons after eight years of leadership and management experience with the Special Olympics of New York, consisting of program and curriculum development, fundraising, grant writing, budget management, and staff management. He has a strong background in building inclusive programs in elementary school settings, including the Rochester City School District. Robin has a B.S. in Communication and Media from Loughborough University in the U.K. and an M.S. in Inclusive Education from Nazareth College.


Phone: 585-395-5554


Horizons at the Warner School, University of Rochester 

Horizons at The Warner School is a six-week, full-day summer enrichment program on the University of Rochester Campus. Our primary focus is to engage K-8th Rochester City School District students in meaningful and authentic learning experiences in a non-traditional school setting.

The program is designed to allow our new entering kindergarten class each summer to attend for nine successive summers of high-quality academics blended with arts, sports, cultural enrichment, field/community experiences, and confidence-building activities. Each student selects a hobby group for sustained interactions through activities such as sewing, bookmaking, tennis, piano, robotics, chemistry, makerspace, organic gardening, dance, and photography.

The close relationships developed between families and Horizons staff, along with engaging instructional approaches, help lead city students in the program to reach their fullest potential.

Horizons at Warner is made possible through the generous support of corporations, foundations, and individuals throughout the Greater Rochester area. The University of Rochester is a private, nonsectarian, research university in Rochester, New York. The university grants undergraduate and graduate degrees, including doctoral and professional degrees.

Program Director: Julia Postler

Before taking on the role of Executive Director of Horizons at Warner, Julia Postler was the program’s Assistant Director for three years. Julia has over twenty years of teaching experience in in rural, urban, suburban, public, private and corporate educational settings. Prior to coming to Horizons at Warner, she was a Visiting Instructor at the Nazareth College School of Education’s, Graduate Literacy and Technology Department for seven years.​

Julia is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at the Warner School of Education. She also teaches a course for undergraduates at the University of Rochester on Strategies for Tutoring Urban Students in K-3rd grade.​

Julia is pleased to be a part of Horizons National which serves over 5,000 children nationwide each year.


Phone: 585-484-9580


Horizons at Monroe Community College 


Monroe Community College (MCC) has partnered with the Horizons National Student Enrichment program to offer a six-week, academic enrichment program for children in the Rochester City School District in grades K-4.  Horizons at MCC aims to combat the summer decline in academic engagement and ultimately close the achievement gap by providing an enrichment program for children in the Rochester City School District.

Horizons at MCC provides a unique combination of academic, social, cultural, wellness and recreational experiences in a nurturing, close-knit environment. Children with a range of academic abilities attend the full-day program and work on reading, math and other subjects; participate in swimming lessons to increase their confidence; and engage in other academic enrichment activities. Quality summer enrichment programs, like Horizons at MCC, are an essential component to the successful education of our next generation.

Monroe Community College is a two-year college of the State University of New York, located in Monroe County, New York. The college has two campuses, one in the town of Brighton and another, the Damon City Campus, in the City of Rochester.

Program Director: Kim McKinsey- Mabry

Kim Mckinsey-Mabry is the Dean of Business and Community Engagement and Monroe Community College 


Phone: 585-685-6153


Soaring Stars at SUNY Geneseo

Soaring Stars serves Livingston County in a five-week summer program that incorporates

research-based approaches inspired by the Reggio Emilia method of education. The program was implemented in 2012, where it began serving 26 rural, low-income students in K-11 classrooms. This approach is grounded in the surrounding community and sees families as integral to the child’s academic success. Historically students

participating in the program demonstrate no summer learning loss,

with modest gains in reading and math scores for those who attend at least three summers.

Summer of 2017 marked the year when children who began Soaring Stars

as rising kindergartners in Year One, are now rising fifth graders and have completed

the full scope of the program. Children entering seventh grade next fall will be eligible to

transition to summer programming at SUNY Geneseo.

The State University of New York (SUNY) College at Geneseo, is located in Geneseo, NY.

Originally, the college was founded in 1871 as the Wadsworth Normal and Training School

before becoming a state liberal arts college in 1948. It is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. The college serves 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students across 54 degree-granting programs.

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Program Director: Annmarie Urso

Dr. Urso taught 20 years in rural K-12 schools in

New York state as an elementary education, special education, and reading teacher. Her research interests are in cognitive profiles of children who struggle with reading. She is a learning disabilities specialist and an educational diagnositican. Dr. Urso is the president of the NYS Chapter for the Council for Exceptional Children and represents Institutes of Higher Education on the NYS Education Department’s Commissioner’s Advisory Panel on Special Education.


Phone: 585-245-5468


summerLEAP at Allendale Columbia 

The summerLEAP program at Allendale Columbia is a partnership between The Allendale Columbia School and School 17 of the Rochester City School District. summerLEAP is a summer school enrichment program for students who will enter K-6th. An average day includes breakfast, reading, math, bilingual and character education, lunch, art, music, physical education, and a snack.

These activities are supplemented with a variety of community partnerships and field trips. Our theme is “Be the Change,” and we are committed to providing learning opportunities and experiences that promote empathy, understanding, and community involvement. Through social responsibility and stewardship, we believe all members of our community can work toward, and achieve, social equality and cultural understanding. Within the LEAP program, we believe in strong communication and collaboration between families, program staff, and the larger Rochester community, and we are creating engaging and valuable experiences that inspire lifelong learning.

The Allendale Columbia School is an independent, nonsectarian, college preparatory school for students in nursery through twelfth grade. The Columbia School for girls, established in 1890 by Caroline Milliman and Alida Lattimore, and the Allendale School for boys, established in 1926 by a group of Rochester businessmen, merged in 1972 to form the current coeducational school. Allendale Columbia serves Rochester, New York and the surrounding areas.

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Program Director: Lindsey Brown

Lindsey Brown earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and master’s degree in Creative Writing at SUNY Brockport and

holds New York State Teacher Certifications 

in Primary Education with a Bilingual 


Phone: 585-641-5252

Extension, Spanish (7-12), and English (7-12). She has been in the field of education for eight years, and at Allendale Columbia School for five, where she teaches Spanish 6, 7, and 8. Before coming to Allendale Columbia, Lindsey worked in community health and taught in the Upward Bound Program at the University of Rochester.


summerLEAP at the College at Brockport



summerLEAP at the College at Brockport is a six-week summer program that focuses on providing high quality summer enrichment to students in the Rochester area in order to work towards providing more equitable educational experiences for all children. The program at Brockport works specifically with students from the Rochester City School District.

summerLEAP focuses on increasing students’ literacy and math knowledge by using the arts, science, and project-based learning. A low student-to-teacher ratio along with field trips, swim lessons, and group activities increases the knowledge of the children and  increases their confidence in a fun and educational setting.summerLEAP at the College at Brockport is one of several programs supported by the Greater Rochester Summer Learning Association (GRSLA), which directs a consortium of local Horizons National programs and other local programs using the Horizons’ model, known as LEAP (Learning Enrichment to Achieve Potential).

The College at Brockport: State University of New York, also known as The College at Brockport, is a four-year liberal arts college located in Brockport, NY. A constituent college of the State University of New York, it has been ranked by U.S. News in the first tier of Master’s-granting colleges in the Northeast region, and by Kiplinger’s among the top 100 “Best Value” public colleges and universities in the United States. Among its faculty are several Fulbright scholars, three Distinguished Professors, and a winner of the 2007 Flannery O’Connor award for fiction.

Program Director:  Amy Shema

Amy Shema joined summerLEAP

at the College at Brockport in

May of 2018. Amy Shema, PhD

is an instructor in the

Department of Education and

Human Development. Prior to her work at the College, Dr. Shema taught in the Rochester City School District and worked on contracts with the US Department of Education that focused on out of school time learning, literacy, and staff development. Dr. Shema’s research includes work with diverse families, early childhood education, and global citizenship.

summerLEAP at West Irondequoit

Love, Learn, Play! The summerLEAP at West Irondequoit motto articulates our belief  that children need to be loved, exposed to learning, and just have fun each and every day.  

summerLEAP at West Irondequoit launched in the summer of 2018 and was the first summerLEAP program to be housed in a suburban school district. Listwood Elementary School is a beautiful site within simple walking distance to West Irondequoit High School for swimming sessions four days each week.  In addition to working with the Irondequoit School District, the program is supported through collaborative efforts of time, talent, and treasure with St. Thomas Episcopal Church.

The foundation of our focus is on social and emotional learning. In Sharing the Blue Crayon, Mary Anne Buckley describes how to incorporate the social and emotional learning of emotional vocabulary, recognition, and regulation into a busy day by extending these skills into literacy lessons for young children. Through the important, language-based activities of read-alouds, singalongs, art, and performances, students learn how to get along in a group, empathize with others, develop self-control, give and receive feedback, all while becoming confident readers and writers.

Buckley states, “Every day we ask young children to respectfully converse, question, debate, and collaborate about literature, science, math problems, history, and more. That’s sophisticated stuff and requires sophisticated skills. Social and emotional skills are essential to helping children communicate their knowledge and articulate their questions. We must teach students how to build respectful, caring classroom communities, where students are supported and fully engaged in the learning and everyone can reach their potential. By understanding one another–orally and socially at first, then using those community building exchanges to strengthen the skills of reading and writing–we experience the authentic pride and sweet joys of learning, understanding, and connecting to one another.”

summerLEAP at West Irondequoit runs daily from 8:30am to 2:30pm.  Each classroom is staffed with two teachers and a teaching assistant.  Each week of the program has a focus area which enhances the experience through science, drumming, art, storytelling, and music.  In addition to the academic program, play, special guests, and yoga are incorporated in a manner which makes sense to the children we strive to serve. Thanks to Foodlink, lunch and snacks are delivered each day. Children learn the power of loving, learning, and playing during this six-week enrichment experience!

Program Directors: Danny Dehm & Chris Sloane

                                                                   After teaching kindergarten in the                                                                                 Batavia City School District for ten                                                                                 years, she became the Assistant Principal at Victor Primary School or the next five before taking on the role of Principal. She served in this position for 19 years before retiring.  Since 2015, Danny has been an adjunct professor for the Educational Administration Department at SUNY Oswego. She currently teaches  Foundations of Administration, and Organizational Change.

Her past recognitions include the SAANYS McClelland Award, the Region 11

Elementary Principal of the Year Award, the NYS Elementary Principal of the

Year Award, and finalist for the Victor Chamber of Commerce Women of

Excellence Jikohnsaseh Award.

Danielle (Danny) Dehm holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from St. Bonaventure University, an M.S. in Learning and Behavioral Disorders from SUNY Buffalo, a C.A.S. in Educational Administration from SUNY Brockport, and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Ed.D. Executive Leadership program at St. John Fisher College.


Phone: 585-233-2047

                                                Chris has thirty-four years of experience                                                    in education. Her teaching career was                                                        spent at Pembroke Jr/Sr. High School                                                          working with students in grades 7-12, who needed special educational programming. She moved into administration as Victor High School’s Assistant Principal. The next year Chris was named Victor High School principal, serving three years in this role. In 2000, she was hired as Director of Human Resources for Greece Central School District. In 2003, the position of Principal at Greece Olympia became vacant. Chris was hired as high school principal and served here until 2016.  In 2016, she was asked by the Superintendent to become a Principal on Special Assignment with a focus on building a Community school at Longridge Elementary. Ms. Sloane retired from Greece Central June 30th, 2017 

Since retiring Ms. Sloane has served as a supervisor of student teachers for Nazareth College and an Adjunct Professor for Roberts Wesleyan College. In addition, she also acts as an administrative substitute for both the Rochester City School District and the Penfield School District. 

Christina (Chris) Sloane holds a B.S. in Special Education from SUNY Geneseo, an M.S. in Learning and Behavioral Disorders from SUNY Buffalo, and a C.A.S. in Educational Administration from SUNY Brockport.


Phone: 585-233-2047


summerLEAP at the YMCA

summerLEAP at the YMCA is a six-week summer program that focuses on providing high quality summer enrichment to students in the Rochester City School District to work towards providing more equitable educational experiences for all children.  The goal for the program is to increase the literacy levels and skills of the children attending while incorporating other core subjects.

summerLEAP (Learning Enrichment to Achieve Potential) students travel to campus for a full-day of educational activities, as well as experiences during Health & Wellness, Art, STEM, swimming, and Character Development. Class sizes are capped at 15 students and have two certified teachers and a teaching assistant in each grade. The low student to teacher ratio provides individualized attention to meet students’ academic, social, emotional, and behavioral needs. Interwoven with traditional classroom lessons are conversations about ethics and morals, community service, self-esteem, and interpersonal skills.


The Maplewood YMCA a branch of The YMCA of Greater Rochester.  At the Maplewood YMCA branch we serve children starting at age three for our preschool program, age four for our free UPK program and school age children before and after school.  We also serve seniors through our Lily Café, an area for our older activity adults to gather for social and learning activities. We also serve all ages for swim lessons, offer youth sports and fitness activites.   At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. We believe that positive, lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health, and our neighbors.

Program Directors: Sherry Clifford & Kate Eberts

Sherry Clifford is the Youth Development Director at the Maplewood YMCA. She oversees the summerLEAP program, Before and After School Care, Pre-school, Preschool Summer Camp, Child Watch and teaches UPK.  Sherry has been  in the education field for the last 24 years in various roles.  She is a graduate of SUNY Brockport with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Masters in Literacy for Birth through Grade 6.  

Kate Eberts is the Urban District Executive Director of the YMCA of Greater Rochester.  She has over 20 years of experience in the field of      Education. Kate obtained her degree in education from SUNY Plattsburg.  She has had various roles within the YMCA that have included Before and After School programming and training the staff that work with children, before her most recent venture as  Executive Director of the

Literacy is one of Sherry’s passions; if you walked into her classroom there are at least 5 shelves of books for the children to choose from.   As an educator Sherry believes that every child deserves to learn in a way that meets their educational needs and contains interactive learning.  Children also need to feel comfortable and valued for them to succeed.  Our Summer LEAP program is planned with these aspects in mind.  Sherry loves to read to her class daily, their favorite books to read together are Pete the Cat and the Elephant and Piggy series.  She hopes to share her love of reading with all the children she encounters.

Maplewood YMCA.  Kate has a passion for making learning fun and interactive.  She has trained the staff in CATCH to ensure that all children are included and having fun while moving.  When Kate is not at work she enjoys exploring local history.