Our Story

READY is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the number of quality public schools in Rochester, NY.

Our Beginnings

READY was born from the Rochester Education Fellowship- a two-year opportunity funded by the Max & Marian Farash Charitable Foundation dedicated to engaging the community, understanding challenges facing students in the city of Rochester, and learning about national best practices.

Shanai Lee, MBA, Ed.D.

Executive Director

Shanai Lee, MBA, Ed.D., is an innovative leader with over two decades of experience in education and local government. As the founder and Executive Director of READY, Inc. (Rochester Education and Development for Youth, Inc.), she is dedicated to driving positive change in Rochester’s public school systems.


40 Franklin Street
Rochester, NY 14604



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