City leaders to discuss Rochester Youth Football Champion Academy

Updated: 06/17/2014 7:03 PM
Created: 06/17/2014 4:54 PM WHEC.com

City leaders are expected to discuss a new program geared to mentor some youth throughout the summer.

The Rochester Youth Football Champion Academy is a 10-day clinic. The goals are to provide accountability, team building, diversity training and conflict resolution programs for more than 500 kids between 13 and 18 years old.

Rochester native and former pro footballer and Super Bowl champion Roland Williams created the initiative. However some leaders say they're concerned with the $250,000 price tag and the fact that it mainly focuses on young boys.

“Girls are fast becoming equal opportunity employers, and involved in violence, and school dropouts. I think we should share equal concern about young men and woman,” said Carolee Conklin, Rochester City Council.

If approved, the program will also include more than 100 adult mentors.

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