Pass Da R.O.C.K. was established in early 1998 as a means to reach inner-city youth in Los Angeles with a positive message in a non-threatening environment. In 2001, the highly successful format of its west coast counterpart was brought to Syracuse, New York with the goal of urban outreach.
It all started with a monthly event that was open to anyone over the age of 13. This same core value continues but has evolved into so much more. These monthly events are now focused on middle and high school students and also include giveaways. This monthly event allows volunteers the opportunity to connect with students in a non-threatening environment.
*Our monthly events are temporarily on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions.
In addition to monthly events, we hold regular outings including sporting events, movies, overnight camps, college visits, and city trips that give students a chance to get out of their typical routines. We annually host a single elimination basketball tournament that brings the Syracuse community together. We also have a travel basketball team for a select group of players to compete regionally. The relationships built through community outreach allow us to have a deeper impact in students' lives.
Our partnership with the Syracuse City School District allows us to have a daily presence in schools by providing student/staff support and positively influencing school culture. We have the opportunity to redefine students' realities by providing academic and behavioral support, restorative practices and life skills through goal and incentive-based mentoring. The relationships built in the community are reinforced and make a larger impact as participants are mentored in the schools.
Our participants experience community, empowerment & transformation through the Life Empowerment Program and the Pass The Present Event. The Life Empowerment Program provides the opportunity for the development of life skills which gives participants a sense of purpose and achievement. The Pass The Present Event recognizes student achievement and rewards them with the opportunity to experience the joy of giving.
We want our participants to experience hope through opportunities and experiences they would not otherwise have. These events allow our volunteers the opportunity to build strong relationships with our participants and be a positive influence in their lives.
Summer 2022 Newsletter