FULTON, NY Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Youth involved in Catholic Charities of Oswego CountyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s CYO Mentoring Program helped to make ValentineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Day extra special for the residents of the Fulton Mill Apartments.
As a community outreach project, youth in the CYO Mentoring Program created and delivered handmade ValentineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s cards to the residents.
Working in collaboration with the Catholic CharitiesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ DonnaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Place Program, the students enjoyed some quality time with the seniors as they visited with them in the community room and presented them with the ValentineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Day cards that they made especially for the residents.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It was a wonderful experience for both our students and the residents,Ã¢â‚¬Â said coordinator of the CYO Mentoring Program Ken Dennison. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The residents enjoyed visiting with the children and truly appreciated the handmade ValentineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Day cards that they received. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s nice to see the students and the seniors together enjoying each otherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s company. It allows our seniors to see youth in a more positive fashion and provides our seniors with an opportunity to serve as mentors for our youth.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Dennison added that the students in the CYO Mentoring Project enjoy working with DonnaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Place on community projects like these as it gives them an opportunity to connect and give back to their community.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It is a very empowering and rewarding experience for them,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said.
Made possible in part through grants from Entergy, HSBC, the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, the United Way of Greater Oswego County, and Oswego County Opportunities, the CYO Mentoring Program is a school based mentoring program that matches elementary school children with high school students and provides 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, games, 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.
For more information on the CYO Mentoring Program, call Dennison at 598-3980 or visit www.ccoswego.com