Media Statement Regarding Adam McFadden

posted Oct 17, 2019, 10:14 AM by Mary Holleran

October 9, 2019

Adam McFadden pled guilty to federal charges announced today that he misused his financial authority and committed fraud during his tenure as executive director of Quad A for Kids. This guilty plea is unrelated to separate federal charges to which he pled guilty earlier this year.

“We are deeply disappointed and saddened by Adam McFadden’s abuse of our trust,” said Jennifer Leonard, president and CEO of Rochester Area Community Foundation. Quad A is a program of Rochester Area Community Foundation Initiatives (RACFI).

Immediately after discovering initial evidence of financial impropriety, RACFI fired McFadden and launched a full-scale, independent audit that started in early March. Forensic auditors reviewed several thousand pages of documents and turned them over to federal authorities to investigate.

The charges and plea deal specify that over a period of several years, a sum estimated to be at least $131,000 was gradually siphoned from Quad A operations through a series of fraudulent expense claims filed by McFadden.

The plea agreement announced today contains a mandatory restitution order requiring McFadden to repay what he stole, but it is not clear if or how soon those funds would be returned to RACFI. Insurance claims are also proceeding.

“The fact that hundreds of children might have lost the opportunity to be in safe and   supportive after-school programs because of the self-serving acts of one individual was a real possibility for a while. Thanks to the remarkable efforts of many, essential state funding was renewed and the staff hiring process has been completed for the 2019-20 school year,” Leonard said.

Quad A’s after-school programs, which most recently served 500 students at five Rochester City schools in 2018-19, are preparing to open at Schools 2, 4, 16 and 34 within the next few weeks.

Our forensic audit into McFadden and his tenure at Quad A is now complete. The details of exactly what happened, when, and how are in the hands of the federal authorities who announced the charges and plea agreement today.

“The audit took a lot longer than we anticipated. But we wanted to make absolutely certain that we identified the totality of the misappropriation for authorities and could reassure Quad A’s many loyal supporters that this incident is behind us,” Leonard said.

The Board of Directors and staff also have reviewed and amended RACFI policies and procedures to include additional safeguards.

Quad A was able to complete the school year and support successful student competitors in local and world Soap Box Derby championships, an engaging STEM activity offered by Quad A’s after-school programs.

“For more than a decade, Quad A has been a well-regarded after-school provider, collaborating with several schools in the Rochester City School District. Through his actions, McFadden tarnished the name and reputation of Quad A,” Leonard said. “Despite these challenges, we are proud of the terrific work done throughout Quad A’s 25-year history, and we look forward to its continued positive influence on children across the community.”

Our New Executive Director

posted Oct 1, 2019, 11:19 AM by Mary Holleran   [ updated Oct 1, 2019, 11:28 AM ]

September 2019

Rochester native Isaac Bliss, who has spent his entire professional career serving youth and adults, is the new executive director of Quad A for Kids. This after-school program serves about 400 students and their families at four Rochester City School District schools.

Bliss succeeds Vincent J. Alexander III, who served as interim executive director of Quad A since March before taking on the role of extended day learning director at Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School in Rochester. Alexander offered to assist with the leadership transition at Quad A as a consultant for a few more months. We thank him for his leadership and support!

For the past 14 years, Bliss has been involved in youth-serving organizations. While at the State University College at Brockport, he was working toward a degree in broadcast journalism when he became a part-time life coach for an after-school program at The Community Place. “This experience made me realize that youth development was my true passion,” said Bliss.

In his role as a master observer for Children’s Institute, he helped to evaluate the quality of youth development programs throughout greater Rochester. From there Bliss joined Community Place full-time, first as a program coordinator for its After-School Academy, and later as prevention coordinator, manager of programs, and finally director of family & youth services.  

For the past four years, Bliss has worked for the City of Rochester’s Department of Recreation and Youth Services providing oversight and direction to R-Center directors and site supervisors. In addition to this youth work, he recently began facilitating job training for adults by helping them to navigate employment opportunities while directing the flower City AmeriCorps program. He also teaches the next generation of youth workers as an adjunct professor and service-learning community mentor at Nazareth College’s Community Youth Development program. 

Bliss has an associate’s degree from Monroe Community College, a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Brockport and a master’s degree in strategic leadership from Roberts Wesleyan College.

Quad A Parents: 21st Century Community Learning Centers Initiative Report

posted Mar 26, 2019, 11:27 AM by Ashara Baker   [ updated Apr 11, 2019, 11:32 AM ]

21st Century Community Learning Centers Initiative

Check out how our programs at No. 2 and No. 16 are performing by clicking below and reading our annual report/mid year report. Thanks to our wonderful staff, school communities, leadership team, and families we are continuing to improve programming and positively impact the lives of Rochester youth!


posted Feb 19, 2015, 8:25 AM by Patrick LaJuett   [ updated Feb 20, 2015, 6:08 AM ]

Rochester Business Journal
January 16, 2015

Founded in 1994, Quad A for Kids provides after-school and extended-day learning programs at four of the Rochester City School District’s elementary schools (Schools 4, 10, 16 and 34). The four A’s in Quad A represent the well-rounded programming it delivers to the students: academics, athletics, arts and achievement.

Quad A for Kids operates as a separate entity funded through the Rochester Area Community Foundation Initiatives Inc.; it shares some of the RACF’s administrative staff but employs its own program staff, an executive director and executive assistant. The current executive director, Seanelle Tracy, replaced former executive director Adam McFadden effective Dec. 15, 2014.

In its early years, Quad A for Kids acted as a quasi venture-capital sponsor for programs in the City of Rochester; one of the most notable programs is the Flower City Soccer League. As Quad A raised and increased its funding, and in partnership with the Rochester RCSD, it began operating after-school programming in 2004.

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