28 Days of Little Known Facts About (Black) American History | Christina Jenkins (11)

We are pleased to spotlight Christina Jenkins in day eleven of our first annual 28 Days of Little Known Facts About (Black) American History Christina Jenkins is the revolutionary inventor of the Sew-In-Weaver The hair weave industry owes itself to the trailblazer Christina Jenkins. She was born in Louisiana and later graduated college in 1943. […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Wednesday Word from the Director | Fast Times & Tour Guides

Dear Community, This week’s word will be super quick. We are in the thick of practicing and planning for tomorrow’s Back to the Past Urban Art Architecture Tour kickoff event. I promise that next week’s word will be more in depth.  I am so proud of the interns and the work that they have put […]

A Special Monday Word | One Year Anniversary Mingle Week

Dear Community, Unless you’ve been living under a rock you know that we celebrated 540WMain’s one year anniversary back on June 16, 2017 and plan to celebrate this milestone this Saturday August 26th from 4-7 PM I’m super excited to celebrate this Saturday with great vendors, good food, friends, and community. All week long keep […]

A Wednesday Word from the Director | Self Care is The Best Care

Dear Community, I want to start off by apologizing for my absence last week. Between fibro flares, emotional upsets, and working nearly around the clock I knew I would forget to get my weekly message to you one of these weeks this summer. The last three weeks have been challenging for me to say the […]

Special Announcement Wednesday Word | 2017 Workforce Development, Entrepreneur College Preparatory Internship

I am pleased to announce The 2017 Workforce Development, Entrepreneur & College Preparatory Internship Program The summer 2017 cohort started orientation yesterday here at 540WMain Community Learning Academy. This summer marks the second year of our unique summer internship which is a collaboration between 540WMain Community Learning Academy & Rochester Works Summer Youth Employment Program. This […]

Community Educator Spotlight | Carly Wise-Levick

  We are pleased to feature Carly Wise-Levick in our latest Community Educator Spotlight About Carly Carly Wise-Levick is a money saving guru, blogger, & entrepreneur, who has almost two decades of experience saving money.  She has taught classes for colleges, nonprofits and community groups, teaching people how to save money.  A true couponing queen, […]

A Wednesday Word from the Director | Black Women Roc!

All month long we’ve been celebrating the beauty, grace, talent and success of black women in Rochester here on 540Blog as well as our social media platforms. I must say it has been one of the most wonderful blogging campaigns that I have ever created. Learning about the work, blood, sweat and tears that community […]

A Wednesday Word | Special Announcement from Our Director

This past year has been quite the journey. Building 540WMain and getting us to our one year anniversary has truly been a magical and life changing journey. I am so proud to finally have it fine tuned to the point where everything that I’ve envisioned makes sense in reality as much as it has made sense in my […]

Black Women Roc! Spotlight | Shalom Pearl Singer-Gause

  We are pleased to highlight Shalom Pearl Singer-Gause in our latest Black Women Roc! feature About Shalom Shalom Pearl Singr-Gause is a professional WNBF Figure Natural Bodybuilder,  She’s won the title Ms. Universe twice and last year finished 5th in the World Championship in LA. She teaches Aqua Zumba and owns a personal training […]

Black Women Roc! Spotlight | Melanie Funchess

  We are pleased to spotlight Melanie Funchess for our Black Wome Roc! Campaign About Melanie Melanie Funchess has been working professionally in Black community wellness for almost 25 years.  Currently, she is the Director of Community Engagement at the Mental Health Association of Rochester. When did you begin business and/or teaching? MF:I have been […]

Community Educator Spotlight | Marcus Bowens

  We are pleased to spotlight Marcus Bowens our first Hip Hop Cardio Instructor About Marcus Marcus has created, trained and taught hip hop dance for over 10 years. Beginning at the age of 10 in the world of freestyle hip hop dance, has since become a versatile and dynamic choreographer. He is also skilled […]

Special Announcement | Black Women Roc! Campaign

We are thrilled to announce our June Black Women Roc! Campaign Today is the official launch of our June Black Women Roc! Campaign All month long 540WMain.org will spotlight the accomplishments of local black women who are effecting change in our community. Additionally, the center will feature classes and programming taught by black women (and […]

A Wednesday Word from the Director

Dear Community, Can you believe today is the last day of May? This month we’ve seen a bevy of amazing activity and events at 540WMain. The center featured a number of new classes and events including: Mother’s Day Vegan Brunch Zumba Raising Chickens for Beginners Intro to Kombucha Making Vegan Pop Up Gluten Free Tour […]

INvisible Beauty In Pain Artist Spotlight & Interview | Suzanne Stewart

The INvisible Beauty In Pain campaign’s fifth artist spotlight is Suzanne Stewart Suzanne Stewart is from Canton, Michigan and has been a Chemo/angel and a patient health Advocate, since 2005. She has also been a fundraiser, blogger, writer, event planner & Mentor for RSD/CRPS & Chronic Pain, since 2007. Check out Suzanne’s interview below: When […]

INvisible Beauty in Pain Artist Spotlight | Alivia Ruiz

We are back in Rochester for our fourth INvisible Beauty in Pain Artist Spotlight. The INvisible Beauty In Pain campaign’s fourth artist spotlight is Alivia Ruiz Alivia Ruiz is a Buffalo-born artist, musician, and all around creative. She arrived in Rochester to attend RIT for her Bachelors Degree in Medical Illustration. After completing her degree, […]