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CYO to host Community Open House

FULTON, NY – Ever wonder what your child does after school.  Spend time with their peers?  Make new friends?  Enjoy games and activities in a safe, welcoming environment?  If they visit the CYO program chances are they’re doing all of that.

For decades area youth have made a trip to the CYO program a daily ritual.  On September 9, 10 and 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. each day, Catholic Charities of Oswego County invites community members to discover for themselves the many reasons why CYO is the place to go after school as it hosts an open house at the CYO facilities inside Catholic Charities at 365 W. First St.

Available to students in grades 2 through 12, the CYO program offers something for everyone from games, sports and activities to arts and crafts.

“We offer a variety of options for youth and give them the freedom to do whatever they would like to entertain themselves,” said Helen Hoefer, supervisor of Community Services for Catholic Charities.  “CYO Coordinator, George Timmins and his staff ensures that the CYO program offers youth quality recreation time in a safe, caring environment.”

According to Timmins, he and his staff work to connect with youth visiting the CYO program.

“I want our youth to know that CYO can be more than just a place to have fun with their friends. We foster healthy character development by helping them build confidence in themselves, develop a healthy level of self-esteem, and gain a thorough understanding of the team concept…qualities that will serve them well as adults,” said Timmins.

During the CYO open house community members will have an opportunity to tour the facilities, meet the staff, and see for themselves the many benefits that CYO offers area youth.

“We are always adding new activities to keep our youth engaged, entertained and looking forward to their next visit to CYO,” said Hoefer. “Recently, thanks to a generous donation courtesy of the city of Fulton annual golf tournament, we have been able to add a number of new games and activities including: an air hockey table, yoga mats, table tennis, floor hockey, hang a hoop target for younger children, and more. These new additions, coupled with offerings such as billiards, table tennis, video games, basketball, dodge ball, kickball, arts and crafts, flag football and more make the CYO program the place to be after school. I invite, community members and their families to join us for our CYO open house and discover why the CYO program has been a destination for youth for more than 50 years.”

The CYO open house will be held September 9, 10 and 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. each day. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information on the CYO program, contact Catholic Charities of Oswego County at 315-598-3980.

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, NYS Office of Children and Family Services through Oswego City/County Youth Bureau, and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.