Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
FULTON, NY – Participants in Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s CYO Summer Program now have a better understanding of how to safely use the internet and avoid unpleasant experiences and unwanted attention thanks to a special presentation by Counselors, Kana Tryt, of Catholic Charities’ Family Support Services Program and Jen Butler of the School Based Mental Health program.
Tryt and Butler spoke with children ages 7 through 14 and as they discussed the many benefits as well as the pitfalls of the internet. “It can be difficult for young people to fully understand the scope of the internet and the consequences that their actions on the internet can lead to. It is important that they grasp the concept that once they hit enter or click send, that information can be accessed by people all over the world and may stay accessible forever. It was a real eye-opening experience for them and they were quite surprised with what they learned,” said Tryt.
The Summer Drop-in Recreation Program is offered free of charge to children ages 7 to 14 in Oswego County and is held Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Children enjoy a variety of special events and activities designed to aid them in learning good sportsmanship, how to work as a team, positive interaction with peers and staff, and meeting and making new friends. Additionally, youth engage daily in structured and non-structured activities that will help them grow both physically and mentally. Children may attend the CYO Summer Drop-in Recreation Program, daily or weekly if they choose too.
Activities in the CYO Summer Drop-in Program include; daily recreational activities, swimming, special presentations and awareness groups and arts & crafts. Youth will also be able to have usage of X-Box, Wiis, and computers along with other fun activities. There will be three special themed days and three game days throughout the summer that include games, movies and snacks.
Trained staff supervises all activities and assists all participants as needed to ensure that they receive the full benefits of the program as well as help in their physical and emotional development.
Children receive a free lunch daily through the USDA Summer Feeding Program sponsored by Oswego County Opportunities or they can bring their own if they wish to.
The CYO Summer Drop-in Recreation program is funded in part by the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the NYS Office of Children and Families, and the City-County Youth Bureau of Oswego County. For more information on the program, call CYO director Jim Smiley at 598-3980 ext 254.
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, local companies, and organizations.