OSWEGO – Oswego County presented a proclamation designating November as Runaway Prevention Month to representatives from local youth services agencies.
Pictured from left are Stephen M. Walpole, District 14; Committee Vice Chairman Daniel LeClair, District 8; Committee Chairman Shane Broadwell, District 17; Karen Merrill, Oswego County Opportunities, Inc.; Deb Daby, Oswego County Opportunities, Inc.; Brian Chetney, Oswego City-County Youth Bureau and County Parks and Recreation; John Proud, District 7; Marie C. Schadt, District 19; Douglas E. Malone, District 20; and Shawn Doyle, District 3.
Youth homelessness is on the rise as more than 800 young people run away or are homeless in Oswego County. Citizens can work to raise awareness of this growing issue and help youth by guiding them toward available resources and empowering them to make safe, healthy and productive choices.
If you or someone you know needs assistance, please call the 24-hour Runaway and Homeless Youth Hotline at 1-877-342-7618.