Partners for Serving

The national award-winning Partners for Serving (PFS) program gives students the opportunity to engage with youth and adults at human service agencies throughout Rochester. As a part of the Weider Community Engagement Office, students in PFS mentor, tutor, and facilitate activities for children, youth and adults in a variety of settings. Some of our focus areas include youth development, economic opportunity and educational support, housing and homelessness, and elder health.

Each placement is designed to help meet the needs of the agency while strengthening developmental relationships between Nazareth students and community members. These interactions allow students to improve their ability to work effectively with youth and adults with backgrounds and experiences diverse from their own. You might choose to visit with seniors in a skilled nursing facility, tutor adults or kids with math and reading, lead crafts and activities at a family shelter, or become a coach in a youth running program.

Through employment in PFS, Nazareth students improve their professionalism, establish a connection with the Rochester community, learn to recognize societal inequities, and gain a greater understanding of community solutions in Rochester and beyond. Training and reflection are a required part of the Partners for Serving program.

PFS partners with: 

  • Episcopal Senior Life - Brentland Woods
  • Generation 2
  • Highland Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP)
  • Jewish Family Services - Paper & Pencils
  • Maplewood Library
  • Monroe Milers
  • Rochester Educational Opportunity Center (REOC)
  • Saint's Place
  • Pathstone - Wilson Commencement Park
  • YWCA

PFS is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, PFS will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact Jen Canning, Program Manager.

Program Goals
Program Details
Partners Council

Experiential Learning

Partners for Serving is an approved pathway for Experiential Learning, which is one component of the Core Curriculum at Naz.