Everything Will Be Ok | A Year In Review (2020)

Child's pictures in a window in response to the COVID-19 virus lockdown

Everything Will Be Ok | A Year In Review (2020) Dear Community, Writing this year-end recap has probably been one of the most challenging tasks that I have had to complete in the last few weeks. Every time I started to write I just couldn’t seem to find the appropriate words that articulated the emotional […]

Summer Intern Spotlight | Adam Hopson

We are pleased to spotlight Adam Hopson who has joined the 540Team a few weeks ago as our EJ Research Intern for Summer 2020 About Adam   Adam is a rising Junior at the University of Rochester, studying Biochemistry and Environmental Studies. He is serving as an Urban Fellow through the University of Rochester Urban Fellows […]

Top Three Ways to Be A Successful Social Entrepreneur

It’s no secret that I consider myself a Social Entrepreneur. I’ve shared this revelation right here on 540Blog and the more I grow as a leader the more I accept this reality. For those of you wondering; What exactly is a social entrepreneur I suggest reading past blog posts here and here. For everyone else; […]

I’m White and I Screw Up a Lot

Recently, in a discussion on anti-racist action, I listened to a woman share her experiences and frustrations with white people “committing” to anti-racist work and then, after a certain period, abandoning the work to shift their attentions elsewhere. She reminded our group of an essential fact: people of color don’t have the option to ignore […]

28 Days of Little Known Facts About (Black) American History | Jennifer Jones (22)

We are pleased to spotlight Jennifer Jones in day twenty-two of our first annual 28 Days of Little Known Facts About (Black) American History Jennifer Jones was the first African American woman to join the famous Rockettes chorus line. A native of New Jersey, Jones started dancing at 10 years old. She was unfamiliar with […]

Annie Malone

We are pleased to spotlight Annie Malone in day ten of our first annual 28 Days of Little Known Facts About (Black) American History Annie Malone founded Poro College, the first educational institute in the US dedicated to educating African-American women in the black cosmetics industry. Annie believed women would be empowered if they improved […]

28 Days of Little Known Facts About (Black) American History | Jerry Pinkney (7)

We are pleased to spotlight Jerry Pinkney in day seven of our first annual 28 Days of Little Known Facts About (Black) American History Jerry Pinkney, a prolific children’s book author and illustrator and has been internationally recognized for his contribution to the arts Pinkney was born in the Germantown section of Philadelphia in 1939. […]

Community Educator Spotlight | Valyn Reed

We are pleased to spotlight Valyn Reed one of our February Community Educators About Valyn Reed Valyn Reed-Crenshaw is a native of Rochester, NY; raised on the eastside of the city. She completed her undergraduate studies at The University of Akron earning her bachelor’s in Dietetics. She is in her final semester of a graduate […]

28 Days of Little Known Facts About Black American History | Henrietta Lacks (4)

We are pleased to spotlight Henrietta Lacks in day four of our first annual 28 Days of Little Known Facts About (Black) American History Henrietta Lacks is the most important women in medical history. In 1951, Henrietta Lacks, a poor woman with a middle-school education, made one of the greatest medical contributions ever. Her cells, […]

28 Days of Little Known Facts About Black American History | Onesimus (3)

We are pleased to spotlight Onesimus in day three of our first annual 28 Days of Little Known Facts About (Black) American History Inoculation was introduced to America by a slave. Few details are known about the birth of Onesimus, but it is assumed he was born in Africa in the late seventeenth century before […]

A Wednesday Word From the Director | 2017 Year End Edition

Dear Community, How would you describe 2017 in just two words? This is the type of reflective question that pervades the end of each year. Right after Christmas and just before New Year’s Day everyone is reflective. Honestly though, how would you describe your 2017 in a nutshell using just two words? Before you answer […]

December Artist of the Month Spotlight | Allison McDonald

We are pleased to spotlight our December Artist of the Month Allison McDonald About Allison McDonald Allison McDonald is a 23 year old photographer from Rochester, NY. She recently graduated from SUNY Brockport with a degree in Studio Art and concentration in photography. She plans on going to graduate school for Art Therapy in the near […]

Community Volunteer Spotlight | Jianna Howard

We are pleased to spotlight Jianna Howard our newest Community Volunteer About Jianna Howard Jianna graduated summa cum laude from The College at Brockport this past May after earning a Bachelors of Science. She is currently working as an AmeriCorps VISTA through the Rochester Youth Year Fellowship and is placed at Jefferson Family Medicine. As […]

Summer Intern Spotlight | Michael Adams

We are pleased to spotlight Michael Adams a Workforce Development Intern & co-creator of the Urban Architecture Tour How old are you? MA: I am sixteen years old. Where were you born? MA: I was born here in Rochester What do you like to do in your free time? MA: In my free time I […]

Rochester Makers Gift Shop Business Spotlight | Jess Kreiser Illustration

We are pleased to feature Jess Kreiser of Jess Kreiser Illustration as our second Business spotlight in the Rochester Makers Gift Shop summer vendor series About Jess Kreiser Illustration Jessica Kreiser is an artist and founder of Jess Kreiser Illustration. Inspired by nature, food, stories and animals Jessica creates stunning hand illustrated cards and prints. […]

Summer Intern Spotlight | Tiara Downs

We are pleased to spotlight Tiara Downs a Workforce Development Intern & co-creator of the Urban Architecture Tour How old are you? TD: I am eighteen years old. Where were you born? TD: I was born here in Rochester What do you like to do in your free time? TD: In my free time I […]

Summer Intern Spotlight | Jaden Hayes

We are pleased to spotlight Jaden Hayes a Workforce Development Intern co-creator of the Urban Architecture Tour How old are you? JH: I am sixteen years old Where were you born? JH: I was born here is Rochester What do you like to do in your free time? JH: In my spare time I like […]