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There are about 20 people in a basement conference room at the Wyoming County Agriculture and Business Center, sipping coffee and playing an introductory name game. Today, participants will learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression, suicidal thoughts and more in a course called Mental Health First Aid.

These people aren’t mental health professionals.

They’re agricultural workers, they’re neighbors, and they just want to help.

In the latest WXXI Business Report, Xerox is outlining its strategy for the next few years. What will it consist of?

There's a new look for the iconic Genesee Cream Ale...don't worry, it's still green, see the photos below.  Plus, who will make the Rochester Top 100?

Brett Dahlberg / WXXI News

“All I know is I was in a very dark place,” Sam Luzius said, sitting on a couch in the community room of the YWCA building in downtown Rochester. Luzius had entered the Monroe County Correctional Facility as an inmate last year, feeling broken and defeated.

But she’s out now, and she credits the support of jail counselors for her survival. “Jail saved my life,” Luzius said.

When Luzius was released, “it was a 180-degree turnaround. I was a completely different person. I had a toolbox of skills.”

Brett Dahlberg / WXXI News

When Monroe County scrapped a planned waitlist for families looking to get their children evaluated for developmental delays late last year, advocacy groups said it had narrowly avoided running afoul of state and federal laws.

Since its inception, the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative has been plagued by misconceptions of what it does and what it's responsible for in the fight against poverty.

Currently, an adult mentorship program tied to RMAPI serves as a model for how they hope to change the service delivery process.


Veronica Volk / WXXI News

When the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative was announced, it promised to involve members of the community in the process toward reducing poverty.

But that led to misconceptions about the initiative's mission. 

A few years ago, Isabelle Bartter was invited to join a working group with RMAPI.

From the beginning, one of the main goals of RMAPI was to include people living in poverty who could speak personally about barriers to economic independence in Rochester. Bartter grew up poor, and is an activist.

Denise Young / WXXI

In January 2015, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the launch of a new initiative that vowed to reduce poverty by 50 percent in 15 years, but four years later, the mission and the function of the initiative is still widely misunderstood.


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