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Catholic Charities Recognizes Mentors

Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
FULTON, NY – Students from the Fulton, Mexico, and Sandy Creek school districts were recently recognized for their work with the CYO Mentoring Program, a program of Catholic Charities of Oswego County.

Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s CYO Mentoring Program held a luncheon recently to honor students, participating school districts, and sponsors for their support of the CYO Mentoring Program and their concern for local elementary students. Seated from left are: Sara Erwin (mentor, FCSD), Stacie Roberts (CYO coordinator), and Alaina Campolietta (mentor, FCSD). Standing from left are: Amanda McFarland (AmeriCorps member), Jessica Suphan (mentor, FCSD), Mary Margaret Pezella-Pekow (executive director, Catholic Charities of Oswego County), CYO Assistants, Stephanie Pomerville and Justin Sheppard, Carrie Victory (AmeriCorps program assistant), Greg Henrie (FCSD Transportation Dept.), and Helen Hoefer (Community Services Supervisor for Catholic Charities).
Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s CYO Mentoring Program held a luncheon recently to honor students, participating school districts, and sponsors for their support of the CYO Mentoring Program and their concern for local elementary students. Seated from left are: Sara Erwin (mentor, FCSD), Stacie Roberts (CYO coordinator), and Alaina Campolietta (mentor, FCSD). Standing from left are: Amanda McFarland (AmeriCorps member), Jessica Suphan (mentor, FCSD), Mary Margaret Pezella-Pekow (executive director, Catholic Charities of Oswego County), CYO Assistants, Stephanie Pomerville and Justin Sheppard, Carrie Victory (AmeriCorps program assistant), Greg Henrie (FCSD Transportation Dept.), and Helen Hoefer (Community Services Supervisor for Catholic Charities).

Made possible in part through grants from United Way of Greater Oswego County, NYS Office of Children and Family Services through Oswego City/County Youth Bureau, Oswego County Opportunities and Entergy, the CYO Mentoring Project is a school based mentoring program that matches elementary school children with junior high and high school students and provide them with peer support and a positive role model.  Students meet weekly throughout the school year and spend time together in a variety of ways including tutoring, cooperative learning games and activities and outings. Mentors provide friendship, guidance, and support through one on one time and group activities. Staff or volunteers of the CYO Mentoring Program supervise all activities and meetings.

Mary-Margaret Pezzella-Pekow, executive director of Catholic Charities of Oswego County, Helen Hoefer, supervisor of community programs, and CYO coordinator, Stacie Roberts welcomed the students, program supporters, and sponsors and recognized them for their commitment to the CYO Mentoring Program and all they do for the elementary students in the program.

“With January being National Mentoring Month we thought it was appropriate to recognize our volunteer high school students as well as the participating schools.  Their involvement and dedication is essential to the success of the CYO Mentoring Program,” said Roberts.

Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation.

Primary funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego County programs are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, NYS Office of Children and Family Services through Oswego City/County Youth Bureau and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.

For more information on the CYO Mentoring Program, contact Roberts at 315-598-3980 or visit Catholic Charities’ website, www.ccoswego.com