Driven by a team of dedicated volunteers, ROC began in 2000 as a belief in the potential of youth and a vision to help guide them through the major and recurring difficulties in their personal and or academic lives.After 13 years in MacCaulay Village of Prince Edward County, ROC moved its programming directly into the schools to become more accessible to the youth, and partner with all points of the County.
ROC began in 2000 with a team of committed volunteers, offering programs in recreational activities, creative arts, and a homework club to promote the healthy development of young people in our community. This initiative was aided by the generosity of David Cleave, who provided free accommodation for our programs in Macaulay Village.
Why did it start? A common belief in the potential of youth and a vision to help guide them through the major and recurring difficulties in their personal and or academic lives. To provide opportunities to County youth that otherwise are not offered to all, and supporting them to develop healthy relationships and lifestyles. There has never been a cost for youth to participate.
Within a year, a volunteer Board of Directors was established to guide the development of ROC, and to work at increasing funding and local support for the organization. The Board soon obtained charitable status with the CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) allowing them to provide tax receipts for donations.
As the original program, known as Club ROC, took root, we began to attract youth from all over Prince Edward County, offering them a safe place to play, learn and develop skills and make new friends.
In 2010, ROC employed an Executive Director to manage its growing operations. At this time there were two part-time staff, although we continued to rely upon a large team of incredible volunteers.
ROC is not defined by location, but by those they support and serve.
In 2013, after 13 years on Nery Avenue in Macaulay Village, Club ROC had outgrown this location and was able to find a suitable new home at Queen Elizabeth Public School in Picton for its core program. We also established an office in The Edward Building around this time.
In order to reach out to more young people in the County, ROC pioneered several in-school programs for girls and boys in grades 7 & 8 throughout PECounty beginning in 2010.
Beginning back in 2003, a week-long summer camp, Camp ROC, is held in July for ages 6-14. It now offers basketball, soccer, ball hockey and creative arts. The goals of the camp are making new friends, keeping active and fit, and learning new skills.
With an ever expanding range of programs, and with dedicated staff and volunteers, ROC continues to believe in youth and help them to excel in life.
Many thanks to our incredible volunteers who have provided new opportunities for safe programming for the County’s youth, supporting them to develop healthy relationships and lifestyles.