Oswego City-County Youth Bureau Director Kathy Fenlon told the members of the Oswego Sunrise Rotary about the many programs her organization runs.
The USTA Tennis Program teaches basic tennis skills and gives youth a chance to get outside and exercise, said the program’s coordinator. A carnival was held to give them a chance to show off what they’ve learned.
For more than two decades, he helped young campers enjoy a “homerun experience” at Camp Hollis. Vicki Mather and Jane Murphy, who were the catalysts who got Friends of Camp Hollis started many years ago, were also honored.
The Springboard Mural Project has launched another season of bringing some color to Oswego’s Riverwalk West. Nearly a dozen young artists are collaborating on close to 20 new murals along the walkway. The mural project is a youth-focused initiative, with the design concept and implementation directed by local young people with the support of the Springboard Mural Committee.
The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau announces its 2011 schedule for the Traveling Arts in the Parks series. Each event is free and open to the public. Glenn Colton kicks off the 2011 season with a 1 p.m. performance on July 5 at Scriba Town Park on O’Connor Road. Colton has performed thousands of energetic concerts for children, parents and teachers since 1992.
On Thursday, students, representing schools from all across the county, sat with the legislators and took an active role in the meeting. Prior to that they visited other facets of county government and had a chance to debate and vote on their own ‘resolution.’
“Camp Hollis is a landmark for Oswego County. It really is. I am glad to be a part of it,” says Brandon Morey. There are certain things that make a camp a camp and should never be changed, never ever, he said, adding he hopes to continue and enhance Camp Hollis’ tradition for many years to come.
At Thursday’s meeting, the Oswego County Legislature will ask the state to reconsider instituting a program that would be detrimental to upstate youth. “Youth Bureau funding would be eliminated in many counties, which would promote inequities in prevention and positive youth development services across the state. It is economically not prudent to only support youth when they are at the doorstep of the child welfare and/or the juvenile justice system,” the director of the local Youth Bureau said.
In honor of National Mentoring Month, Catholic Charities of Oswego County recently recognized the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau for its support of the CYO Mentoring Program.
The event, held in the Oswego YMCA Armory, provided an opportunity to learn about the many human services programs available to youth in Oswego County. It showed those present how their agencies could work together. The presentations touched on job training, mentoring, juvenile justice services, recreation and much more.