Students in the Bridges to Success alternative education program are now equipped with tools to make healthy choices.
Bridges, a CiTi program located on Dutch Ridge Road in Oswego, recently welcomed CiTi Teen Health Issues Educator Kristen Paura to discuss components of healthy relationships.
Students learned it’s OK to walk away from relationships that aren’t working out, the importance of trust and honesty, and how good communication can enhance a partnership.
Students participated in a small group game where they chose the order of key steps in relationships, and shared which steps they believed were most important.
Bridges Teacher Nicholle Lippert said a better understanding of relationships and oneself can help the students overcome behavioral and social challenges.
To teach them about the rewards of overcoming challenges through hard work, Lippert invited former alternative education Derrick Falcetti, who runs the Oswego Boxing Club at the Oswego YMCA, to share his success story.
After delivering a message about overcoming youth difficulties, students shared with him their personal stories and struggles.
Falcetti thanked CiTi for giving him a second chance, and encouraged the Bridges students to recognize and thank their teachers and administrators for helping to change their lives.