FULTON, NY – For Conor Henrie and Hunter Izyk, seniors at Oswego High School, the New Vision Law and Government program is more than an educational program; it’s a unique learning experience that they will remember for a lifetime.
The two recently spent the morning at the food pantry of Catholic Charities of Oswego County learning how the pantry operates and assisting the staff. It’s one of the many on-site experience that the two will share as they progress through the New Vision Law and Government program.
“This is an awesome opportunity,” said Henrie. “I heard a friend talking about the New Vision Law and Government program and how they earned 12 college credits and enjoyed the program. The chance to take classes on campus at Oswego State and earn college credits is great. It’s good to know that I’ll begin college with four courses completed.”
A partnership of SUNY Oswego and the Oswego County Board of Cooperative Educational Services, New Vision has helped prepare scores of local high school students for the college world.
While that in itself is impressive, it is the real world, hands on experiences that makes the program special.
“We spent six days working with the Fulton Mayor’s Office where we had the opportunity to meet Mayor Woodward and observe Fulton City Court. It was interesting to see the process and how the judge handled the cases,” said Henrie.
At Catholic Charities, the two will discover what it takes to operate a food pantry and the tremendous impact that it has on the community. Helen Hoefer, community services supervisor at Catholic Charities is happy to welcome students in the New Vision Law and Government program.
“This will be an eye-opening experience for Conor and Hunter. The majority of our community members have never been exposed to a food pantry. Conor and Hunter will be surprised to see how many people access our food pantry on a daily basis and what it takes to keep our shelves stocked and serve the amount of families and individuals that we do. From unloading trucks and stocking our shelves to serving our consumers and helping them select food items, Conor and Hunter will be involved in every aspect of our food pantry,” said Helen Hoefer, supervisor of Catholic Charities’ Community Services.
Henrie added that while earning college credits and their on-site experiences in an awesome experience, the benefits of the New Vision Law and Government program don’t stop there.
“We’ve received a lot of guidance and some great information on what we need to do to properly prepare for college like locating financial aid, the college interview process, writing and communication skills and a lot more,” said Henrie.
Izyk echoed Henrie’s praise for the New Vision Law and Government program.
“This is a great program! It’s a great resource for what we need to know to get ready for college and our on-site experiences are like an internship. We research the locations we will be at and actively participate while we are there. The New Vision Law and Government program provides us with a different way of learning. Real world, hands-on experience is better than reading a book about it. I highly recommend the New Vision Law and Government program,” added Izyk.
Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation.
Primary funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s programs are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, the County of Oswego and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.
For more information on Catholic Charities of Oswego County and the programs that it offers, visit www.ccoswego.com