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Juanita is the Senior Manager of Cultural Competency, Health Literacy and Community Initiatives for the Finger Lakes Performing Provider System. She lives in the 19th Ward in the City of Rochester, and enjoys the beautiful homes and neighbors. Juanita has been a board member since 2017.

Juanita Lyde

I joined the Board of Directors after meeting Colin Garwood and Ida Jones and experiencing the passion they demonstrated for the staff, consumers, community and the mission of Starbridge.

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Jim Grossman is a partner at Barclay Damon, LLP. Jim and his wife, Suki, have been longtime supporters of Starbridge’s founding agencies and continue to support Starbridge today.

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“JaBron is motivated. He needed to find out what his strengths were. More than that, he needed encouragement. People around him were telling him he was a deadbeat. He needed someone to encourage him to try again every time he struck out.”

Photo of Colin Garwood, President/CEO of Starbridge

Hi everyone,

I hope you've enjoyed your summer. It feels like fall has arrived here in Rochester!

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"A person I support had a cat that meant the world to him. A few years ago, because of life circumstances, he was forced to give up his cat. For over a year, anytime he saw a cat or heard about a cat, he would cry.

Volunteer work is one way people often engage in their communities. Since that was a goal of his – and because I knew he missed his cat – I suggested volunteering at a shelter but, at the time, this was unthinkable to him. Over the next year, we talked about volunteering occasionally. Eventually, he agreed to try.

NYSED (New York State Education Department) has asked us share the announcement below with you about their introduction of Early Childhood and School-age Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Centers.

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NYS Regents Exams begin soon, and for a specific group of students who have two Regents Exams in one day, a new regulation may ease the testing burden.

Students who are classified as English Language Learners (ELL) or Multilingual Learners (MLL) and who have been granted the accommodation of extended time now have the option to request a new accommodation: Next-Day Completion.

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Hello Friends,

Happy Spring! I am looking forward to warmer days and the start of festival season here in Rochester.

2018 Lilly and Marc

Lilly Flores sees so much potential in her son. “Marc loves meeting new people. He wants to be a construction worker, a mechanic, or a scientist. His interests are anything he can build.”

But at school, it was a different story. Lilly recounts, “The school was telling me that Marc was throwing things, shoving – he was never doing that at home.”

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Starbridge is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Community Awards. Please join us at Among the Stars, on Saturday, April 6 to meet, congratulate, and celebrate these remarkable people!

2019 Community Award Winners collage