1650 South Avenue
Suite 200
Rochester, NY 14620

Starbridge

In one year, Starbridge touches the lives of more than 11,800 children and adults who have disabilities and their families. Starbridge is here for individuals and families looking for the hope and the how. Will you please be here for us today? Your donation – of any size – truly makes a difference. You can make sure that we are here for the next person or family who needs us. We empower parents with the ASK - attitude, skills and knowledge - to manage their child’s education now and for the rest of their child’s school years leading to graduation, transition to young adulthood, and improved employment opportunities. With our long history in advocacy, Starbridge is uniquely poised to deliver programming to meet the needs of students and families, and build student-family-school partnerships to improve educational outcomes. Cindy Jay has worked with Family Education Specialists at Starbridge on and off as her daughter Joelle has gone through school. “Since Kindergarten, Joelle had behavior issues, but we didn’t understand why. The principal wanted to remove her from school. I called Starbridge (The Advocacy Center at the time), and they educated me. I learned about Sensory Processing Disorder, IEPs, and support services that the school needed to offer my daughter. I pushed for these options and thank goodness I got them. Today Joelle is a senior. She’s graduating this year and planning on attending college. I can’t thank Starbridge enough and their staff that helped my daughter and me." We help at-risk youth with barriers to employment including school dropout, low levels of literacy, homelessness, disabilities, aging out of foster care, justice system involvement, and who are pregnant or parenting, reconnect with education or enroll in training programs to prepare for employment. We place youth who are transitioning from high school to the world of work in paid internships to help prepare them for long-term employment. A dozen young adults enrolled in Starbridge’s Project ESTEEM to get the support and training needed to finish their education and get ready for work. Project graduates earned certificates to become Certified Nurse’s Aide, Home Health Aide, Personal Care Aide, Dental Assistant, and Hospital Transporter. Barb Maryniak, Youth Navigator, is so proud of them, “Despite the pandemic, these awesome young men and women donned their PPE, overcame their obstacles, and have jobs that are desperately needed by our community.” We partner with people to help them gain the supports they need for fulfilling, healthy living. Avery and her family use Starbridge’s Fiscal Intermediary Services so that they have greater choice and freedom in choosing the supports and staff Avery Needs. Avery’s mom, Samantha, says, “Avery was diagnosed with autism a month before she turned 2 years old. Special doesn’t even begin to describe her. She loves music and loves to make people laugh. She is currently in school 5 days a week and thriving! She loves gymnastics, horseback riding, and swimming - all made possible with the help of our FI team at Starbridge. Avery continues to amaze us every day." Together we can change communities to include everyone. Please give and help Starbridge ROC today!

We focus on: Human Services, Education

Where we are: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates


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