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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.

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