Year one: GROUNDBREAKING results

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of active members improved
their attitudes toward avoiding
risky behaviors including drugs,
alcohol, crime & violence

%

of active members increased
their ability to develop healthy
relationships with peers &
adults outside of family

%
%

of active members maintained or
improved school attendance

of active members improved
their GPAs from previous
academic years

members achieved a 3.0+ GPA for the first time in their academic careers
members achieved a 4.0+ GPA for the first time in their academic careers

Year two: continued success

%

of active members improved
their attitudes toward avoiding
risky behaviors including drugs,
alcohol, crime & violence

%

of active members increased
their ability to develop healthy
relationships with peers &
adults outside of family

%
%

of active members maintained or
improved school attendance
from previous academic years

of active members maintained
or improved their GPAs
from previous academic years

members achieved a 3.0+ GPA
members achieved a 4.0+ GPA

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2016 Summer Orientation

This intense two-week educational program provides hundreds of students with a structured and safe environment to introduce program principles, increase tolerance, and connect students with community resources.

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Champion Academy student recognized for success

Twelve months of mentoring is doing a world of good for a number of Rochester students. A prime example is seventh-grader Anthony Curry who improved his GPA from 0.14 to 3.50!

Champion Academy student recognized for success

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NFL champ aids at-risk youth at academy here

In its inaugural year, Champion Academy Extreme Mentoring & Empowerment Initiative, one of Rochester’s largest mentoring programs, has helped local at-risk youth find success inside and outside of the classroom...

NFL champ aids at-risk youth at academy here

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Musculoskeletal Researchers Engage Local Students in Science

Since January of 2017, a group of students and faculty in the Center for Musculoskeletal Research at the University of Rochester Medical Center have been mentoring under-represented or economically disadvantaged teens in Rochester.

Musculoskeletal Researchers Engage Local Students in Science

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City Wise Interview with Roland Williams & a Champion Academy Member

Roland talks about the Champion Academy's principles, while Serenity talks about how being in the Champion Academy has changed and motivated her.

City Wise Interview with Roland Williams & a Champion Academy Member

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Champion Academy Students See Grammy-Winning Opera Star Perform

She’s the winner of two Grammy awards and has been called one of the world’s greatest singers.

But opera star Joyce DiDonato performed for a new audience Monday night: youngsters from Roland Williams’ Champion Academy...

Champion Academy Students See Grammy-Winning Opera Star Perform

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Champion Academy and Roland Williams take bike ride

Students in the Rochester City School District went on a short bike ride in the city with former pro football player Roland Williams on Tuesday as part of their activities in the Champion Academy...

Champion Academy and Roland Williams take bike ride

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Champion Academy helps strengthen police relationships

At a time when police and community relations are strained in many communities, a Super Bowl champion is trying to strengthen those relations in Rochester...

Champion Academy helps strengthen police relationships

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Champion Academy hosts Mayor Warren

The mayor visited and told her story, how she grew up in the city and knows there are serious obstacles for these kids to overcome.

Champion Academy hosts Mayor Warren

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Local Youngsters Ride Bikes for a Healthy Community

They’re riding toward better health and a better community.

Young students in Roland Williams’ Champion Academy teamed up with Conkey Cruisers Tuesday. Organizers say it was largest group of 12-to-18 year olds on bicycles Rochester has ever seen...

Local Youngsters Ride Bikes for a Healthy Community

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Champion Academy kicks off second season

It's the largest mentoring program in the history of the Rochester: the Champion Academy. The program is celebrating the completion of an amazing first year. Roland Williams says, "We about to put the smack down on year two!"

Champion Academy kicks off second season

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NYS Exposed Special: Roland Williams: Unbreakable Belief

Unbreakable belief: That's what NFL great and Super Bowl Champion Roland Williams says helped him persevere while growing up on some rough streets in Rochester.

NYS Exposed Special: Roland Williams: Unbreakable Belief

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Champion Academy offers solution based on love

On Wednesday, I spent the afternoon at day eight of the two-week orientation for the Champion Academy, Extreme Mentoring & Empowerment program. Nearly 350 at-risk, primarily urban youths are participating in the 12-month initiative...

Champion Academy offers solution based on love

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ROLAND WILLAMS

We speak with Super Bowl Champion Roland Williams about the ongoing issues occurring in the NFL and what he's doing to help Rochester's youth through his Champion Academy.

ROLAND WILLAMS and what he's doing to help Rochester's youth through his Champion Academy.

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Champion Academy Founder Works To Build Teamwork Between Kids and Police Officers

Welcomed by cheers, clapping, and a handshake from former NFL football player and Super Bowl champion Roland Williams, more than 100 kids from the Rochester area exited buses Friday afternoon at Northwest College Preparatory School, ready for a day of meeting police officers during Williams’ Champion Academy’s “Stop the Violence Day.”...

Champion Academy Founder Works To Build Teamwork Between Kids and Police Officers