A football-based youth mentorship program favored by Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren has been held in committee. Its future is uncertain.
City Council's Public Safety, Youth and Recreation Committee declined to recommend the program for approval this afternoon. Chairman Adam McFadden announced without comment that it would be held.
Mayor Warren wants to put $250,000 into a Championship Academy for teenaged boys headed by former NFL player and Rochester native Roland Williams. The idea is to develop goals and responsibility in young men through football. But some councilmembers questioned why the city bidding process was bypassed, just how the money would be spent and why girls weren't getting the same attention.
The mayor defends the program, and it could still be brought to a vote at Tuesday night's council meeting if council's questions are answered.