Longtime advocate for city youth announces candidacy for Rochester City School Board
March 2, 2021 (Rochester, NY) – Camille Simmons has announced her candidacy for the Rochester City School Board on Monday. A long-time youth advocate, who has dedicated over a decade of her career to the social-emotional and academic priorities of Rochester’s underrepresented youth population.
A Rochester native and Cornhill resident, Simmons is a graduate of Wilson Magnet High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Social Work and a Master of Science in Strategic Leadership. She currently serves as the Continuous Improvement Manager at ROC the Future at The Children’s Agenda. Her son is also a 2015 graduate of the RCSD.
Simmons credits her personal experience as an RCSD parent, her management of youth-centered academic and employment programming, and the provision of mentorship support for hundreds of youth, as her primary motivators for running for school board. She has developed a five-point platform focused on racial equity inclusive of funding, student and parent voice, school climate, high school graduation; prepared for college and workforce, as well as high-quality instruction inclusive of teacher resources. She believes these key areas, combined with focused strategies will eventually result in an educational shift here in Rochester.
“Rochester is one of the most impoverished communities in the nation and our school system is reflective of that. It is imperative that our community work together to secure adequate funding and execute fiscal responsibility to ensure our children receive the quality education they deserve. I have experienced first-hand many of the challenges our parents and students face, I am ready to roll up my sleeves and serve.”