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CYO After School Program Available For Area Youth

FULTON, NY – Area youth looking for help with their studies are welcome to participate in the After School Program at the Fulton CYO.

The After School program provides students with computer access and tutoring assistance to help them with their studies.

Students become computer savvy as they take advantage of the after school program at the Fulton CYO. Recreation assistant and AmeriCorps worker Paul Burgess instructs Kimber-Lyn Dolbear and Michael Flynn during the after school program.
Students become computer savvy as they take advantage of the after school program at the Fulton CYO. Recreation assistant and AmeriCorps worker Paul Burgess instructs Kimber-Lyn Dolbear and Michael Flynn during the after school program.

“We’re pleased to be able to offer this type of program to our youth,” said Jim Smiley, director of the Fulton CYO. “The After School program was established to help meet the needs of the students. The program offers area youth the opportunity to come to CYO and use our computers to do their homework and get familiar with operating a computer and using different software. Several of our computers have internet access as well to assist in any research they may need to do for their assignments.”

In addition to computer access students can also seek help from a tutor who is also part of the program.

“The tutoring aspect was just a natural extension of the program. We have a college student on staff who enjoys working with the younger students and helping them with their studies,” added Smiley.

The computer room is available Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m.

Tutoring is available for the students from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The CYO program, funded in part by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services through the Oswego City / County Youth Bureau, has designed a variety of activities to aid in both the mental and physical development of youth in Fulton, as well as the surrounding communities of Oswego County.

All activities are free of charge and are supervised by a trained staff.

The fall-winter 2009-10 schedule is as follows:

Monday – Friday 3 to 6 p.m.: grades K – 8.

Open gym: basketball, floor hockey, foosball and more.

Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 to 9 p.m.: Youth Drop-in program for grades 7 – 12

Open gym: dodge ball, basketball, pool, ping-pong and more.

Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: grades K – 12

Open gym: kickball, dodge ball, touch football, basketball, Whiffle ball and more.

During school vacation days and snow days the CYO will have an open recreation program from 1 to 5 p.m.

Registration for CYO Co-Ed Basketball Leagues for 7 – 12 graders will be the weeks of Nov. 2 and 9.

There will also be a Christmas party for children in grades K through 6 on Dec. 10 from 4 – 5:30 p.m.

The CYO Program at Catholic Charities of Oswego County offers youth a safe, non-threatening, nurturing atmosphere with positive role models.

For more information regarding the program, call Smiley at 598-3980.

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, the County of Oswego and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.