Liberty Partnerships Program

student being tutored

The program provides academic and personal support services to at-risk youth in grades 7-12 in the Rochester City School District (RCSD). LPP offers academic enrichment, tutoring, college and career exploration, life skills strategies, counseling, community service opportunities, social and cultural experiences, as well as activities for parents.

LPP recruits from four RCSD target schools. These schools are East Upper and Lower Schools, The Schools at Edison, Northeast/Northwest College Prep and World of Inquiry #58. A part-time on-site advisor is assigned to each target school to provide case management and academic support. After-school tutoring is held at the student's home school.


Academic Enrichment Services

  • After-school tutoring
  • Academic support services provided by on-site advisors
  • Study skills and test-taking workshops
  • Access to computers for homework and research projects

College and Career Exploration

  • College tours
  • College preparation workshops presented by MCC Admissions Personnel
  • Speakers’ Bureau to highlight various professions and occupations
  • Career exploration workshops
  • Career shadowing opportunities at area businesses and organizations

Life Skills Strategies

  • Workshops presented by community-based organizations
  • Job-readiness skills training
  • Time management and organizational skills seminars
  • Conflict resolution and anger management workshops
  • Student Leadership Committee

Social and Cultural Experiences

students on porch
  • Field trips to museums, theater performances, and athletic events
  • Tours to local historical sites including the Riverwalk Underground Railroad, Susan B. Anthony House, Mt. Hope Cemetery and the George Eastman House
  • Recreational activities including ice skating, movie days, scavenger hunts and game days

Community Service Opportunities

  • Volunteer experiences at local sites including FoodLink, Open Door Mission, Maplewood Park and LifeSpan


  • Open House and tours of MCC Campuses
  • Workshops on educational advocacy, credit counseling and parental empowerment
  • Social and cultural opportunities
  • Our Parent Advisory Committee


students on Buff State campus with Benji the Bengal mascot

The Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP) was started in 1988 by the New York State Department of Education to reduce the high school dropout rate. We are one of many partnerships affiliated with colleges and universities serving students throughout New York State. Our vision is to ensure that LPP students graduate from high school and enter post-secondary education and the workforce as highly competent adults


Monroe Community College is the lead agency of the consortium of businesses, colleges and community based organizations that support the Liberty Partnerships Program.

  • Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Rochester
  • Monroe Community College
  • Monroe County Library System
  • Rochester City School District
  • Rochester Works!
  • University of Rochester