Now accepting nominations for the 2022 Youth Recognition Award. All youth, grades K-12 who reside in the Rochester Community School District, are eligible to be nominated. A nominator may be any adult or organization that wishes to submit the name of a deserving
youth based on one or all of the following criteria:
- Volunteered their time to an individual, an organization, or in their community
- Created a new opportunity through leadership to do great things for people who need
- Recognized a need and fulfilled the need in new ways
- Overcame major obstacles to reach their goals
- Demonstrated personal perseverance beyond the ordinary
Yes – we’re looking for those self-starting, amazing, gracious and compassionate youth who
are doing something great out of the kindness of their own heart. Honorees will be notified by mail and invited to a special Dessert Reception on March 22, 2022.
Deadline for submitting a nomination for consideration is February 18, 2022.
2022 Nomination Form
2022 Nomination Form Instructions
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During Halloween Fest (October 16, 5:00-7:00 PM), swing by the Rochester Fire Department parking lot to carve a pumpkin and enjoy a cup of hot cider!
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Wednesday, October 6, 13, 20 and 27, 6:30-7:45 PM.
This 4-week life skills group for middle school girls will include interaction and discussion about:
– Developing a Healthy Body Image
– Feeling Empowered
– Healthy Relationships/Friendships
– Positive Communication/Assertiveness
Sessions will be facilitated by Samantha Walters, MSW and offered at no cost to you by RAYA. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Call or email RAYA to register: 248-656-3558 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Presented in partnership with the Rochester Hills Public Library, join us via zoom on Tuesday, May 25 at 7:00 PM for a virtual presentation with Dr. Christopher Willard, renown psychologist, educational consultant, author, speaker and mindfulness expert.
As we begin to emerge from the pandemic and into a new normal, how can we ensure that we and our families emerge from this time more healthy and resilient? Join Dr. Chris Willard as we explore the mindful foundations of resilience and post traumatic growth, looking to psychology, neuroscience and play as we practice and explore tools that have boosted human resilience for generations. This presentation is not just ideas, but experiential as well, along with tips to practically integrate mindfulness into your family life long after this time has passed.
During these times of uncertainty, school-age children may be experiencing stress and anxiety. Positive parenting practices can make a big difference. Become empowered to help build resilience in your children as you learn practical strategies to help your child recognize and manage anxious thoughts, behaviors and physical symptoms caused from anxiety.
Join school psychologists, Caroline Rowe and Dan Pryde, and school social worker, Andrew McNeilly, from Rochester Community Schools to further explore this social-emotional learning opportunity. Join us via Zoom on Thursday, May 13 at 7:00 PM for this important discussion.
Register here. (FREE)
The 2021 Youth Recognition Picnic in the Park is on Tuesday evening, May 18, at Bloomer Park. All youth, grades K-12 who reside in the Rochester Community School District, are eligible to be nominated. Honorees will be notified by mail and invited to the picnic with their parent(s) or guardian and nominator. Deadline for submitting a nomination for consideration is April 15, 2021.
Meadowbrook Center for Learning, Neighborhood House, and RAYA are teaming up to provide free tutoring assistance for families who qualify. Call for details: 248-656-3806
Presented in partnership with the Rochester Hills Public Library and the 525 Foundation, join us via zoom on Tuesday, March 2 at 7:00 PM for a virtual presentation of what you need to know about the dangers of alcohol and prescription drug misuse and abuse.
Becky Savage’s two teenage sons – Nick and Jack – accidentally overdosed on a deadly cocktail of alcohol and prescription drugs on the same night in June 2015. Becky and her husband Mike turned their unimaginable grief into a powerful message: educating students, parents, lawmakers and anyone else who will listen about the dangers of prescription drugs.
Register here: Registration
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The 2020 Youth Recognition Banquet is on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 6:30pm
It will be at River Crest Banquet Center located at 900 W. Avon Road, Rochester Hills, MI. A buffet dinner will be served.
All youth, grades K – 12 who reside in the Rochester Community School District, are eligible to be nominated. Honorees will be notified by mail and invited to the March 24th celebration along with their parent(s) or guardian and nominator.
Deadline for submitting a nomination for consideration is February 18, 2020.
RAYA participates in the Kroger Community Rewards program. If you are a Kroger shopper and use a Kroger Plus Card, you can choose to have a percentage of all your purchased donated to RAYA. Follow the directions below to set your card up to have Kroger make donations to RAYA.
What is Community Rewards?
Kroger Community Rewards makes fund-raising easy by donating to local organizations based on the shopping you do everyday. Once you link your card to an organization, all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card!
A digital account is needed to participate in Kroger Community Rewards. If you already have a digital account, you will need to ensure you have a Plus Card linked to your account. Then, go here to select an organization.
Please note, a Plus Card is required for the Kroger Community Rewards program so that your transactions apply toward the organization you choose.
How do I select an organization to support?
Selecting the organization that you wish to support is as simple as updating the Kroger Community Rewards selection on your digital account.
- Sign in to your digital account.
- Go here to search for your organization
- Enter the name or NPO number of the organization that you wish to support. RAYA’s number is XH375
- Select the appropriate organization from the list and click “Save.”
Your selected organization will now display in the Kroger Community Rewards section of your account. If you need to review or revisit your organization, you can always find these details under your Account details.
Any transactions moving forward using the Shopper’s Card number associated with your digital account will be applied to the program. It takes approximately 10 days for the Kroger Community Rewards total to begin displaying on your receipt.
How do I view my Kroger Community Rewards details?
Wondering how much you’ve earned toward your selected organization? You can view the total you earned during the last quarter in your account details.
How do I ensure that my transactions are applied to the program?
You must present your Shopper’s Card or provide your Alternate ID at the register during the transaction in order for it to count toward the program.
If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact our Customer Service Center.