Stephanie Fitzgerald is the School Age Youth Program Officer at United Way of Greater Rochester where she has oversight of the United Way’s $4 million investment in three evidence informed strategies for youth in grades K – 12: mentoring, afterschool enrichment, and summer enrichment programs.
Stephanie has worked with and for youth as an educator, youth and family counselor, volunteer coordinator, and staff developer in youth development organizations for the past 30 years. She is certified to train educators and community agency staff nationally on positive youth development and Reconnecting Youth, an evidence-based curriculum for youth at risk of dropping out of school. She is also a trainer, coach and external assessor for the Weikart Center for Youth’s Program Quality Process.
Afterschool and summer enrichment programs offer all our children and youth endless possibilities: a safe haven with caring adults while families are working, time with friends, healthy snacks and meals and opportunities to expand their horizons. Children and youth can explore interests, develop skills and talents, and learn while having fun. Children and youth who participate in high quality programs are healthier and better prepared to succeed in school and in life. All children and youth deserve access to high quality programs. As a Power of 3:00 advocate, Stephanie can assure access and high quality for all youth.