“Leadership is not a position or a title, it is action and example.”

~ Cory Booker

The Rochester City School District Student Leadership Congress (SLC) is a body of student leaders representing their respective high schools and serves as the voice of students to the Superintendent, Board of Education, District Administration, and Community Leaders. Participating members offer their perspectives on education policies and inform their respective schools about relevant citywide school issues.

SLC is the primary vehicle for student voice and youth engagement across Rochester Schools. SLC plays a key role in advising the Board of Education, working with the building administrators on student climate issues, and informing students of their rights and responsibilities under district rules. Every Rochester High School should have at least 1 student on the SLC.

SLC Close-Up Trip
SLC trip to Washington

Mission Statement

The Rochester City School District Student Leadership Congress develops leaders, who positively impact our schools and communities. The SLC is the voice which empowers the student body to express their opinions and ideas regarding educational services and ensures that students are included in decision and policy making that impacts their lives and educational experiences.


SLC members provide positive leadership, powerful voice, and outstanding service to the Rochester Community. They work with the student body, district administration, the Board of Education, and the Rochester community to foster positive academic outcomes for RCSD students.

What’s the role of SLC members?

    • To represent his/her school at SLC meetings and report back to his/her respective school.
    • To keep his/her school informed about relevant citywide, school, and community issues and concerns.
    • To advise the School Based Planning Teams and the Board of Education as part of decision-making processes.
    • To work on other policies and projects that SLC develops during the year.

What do SLC members do?

    • Attend and host weekly meetings at their school in cooperation with the school’s student government body.
    • Represent their school at monthly SLC meetings and at district and community events.
    • Receive valuable training and experience including public speaking, leadership, political know-how, event planning, and community organizing skills
    • Work on important issues such as:
      • School Equity
      • Racial Equity
      • Civic Responsibility
      • Student Rights and Responsibilities
      • School Discipline and Climate
      • Transportation Equity
      • Student-to-teacher Relationships and Feedback
      • Student Government Policy
      • RCSD Budget

When does the SLC meet?

The SLC meets as a whole group once a month at the RCSD Central Office, beginning at 3:30, on the following dates:

    • September 25, 2019
    • October 23, 2019
    • November 20, 2019
    • December 18, 2019
    • January 22, 2020
    • February 26, 2020
    • March 25, 2020
    • April 22, 2020
    • May 27, 2020
    • June 17, 2020