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Entergy Powers Amigo Project

</p>Teressa Slimmer of Catholic Charities of Oswego County's Amigo Mentoring Project presents representatives from Entergy Nuclear with a special plaque in appreciation of their continued support for the program   recently awarded Catholic Charities of Oswego County with a grant in support of the agency's Amigo Project.  The Amigo Project provides elementary students with peer support and a positive role model who will help them develop social and academic skills.  Pictured above from left are: James Feeney, Administrative Services Superintendent; Teressa Slimmer; Tammy Holden, Communications Specialist; and Dick DenBleyker, Employee Concerns Coordinator.
Teressa Slimmer of Catholic Charities of Oswego County's Amigo Mentoring Project presents representatives from Entergy Nuclear with a special plaque in appreciation of their continued support for the program recently awarded Catholic Charities of Oswego County with a grant in support of the agency's Amigo Project. The Amigo Project provides elementary students with peer support and a positive role model who will help them develop social and academic skills. Pictured above from left are: James Feeney, Administrative Services Superintendent; Teressa Slimmer; Tammy Holden, Communications Specialist; and Dick DenBleyker, Employee Concerns Coordinator.

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Entergy Nuclear has once again lent its support to Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s Amigo Project.  The Amigo Project, a school based mentoring program, has proven to be an effective program that benefits students in many ways.

The Amigo Mentoring Project matches elementary school children with high school students and provides them with peer support and a positive role model who will help them develop social and academic skills.  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.  All activities and meetings are supervised by staff or volunteers of the Amigo Project.

Program Director Karen Davies-Buckley describes the Amigo Project as a community program that helps the students gain a sense of commitment and responsibility.  “The students in the Amigo Project learn the importance of developing healthy relationships with others and gain a better sense of self-esteem.  They also develop the positive quality of sharing themselves to help others.  They truly care and enjoy making a difference in a young person’s life,” she said.

Tammy Holden, Communications Specialist with Entergy Nuclear added that Entergy is proud to be a partner with Catholic Charities of Oswego County in the Amigo program.  “Entergy is proud to support the Amigo Mentoring Project.  We believe that reinvesting in the communities where we live will enhance the quality of life in those areas.  By investing in this project we are investing in the development of our local youth and the future members and leaders of our communities.”

Established by Catholic Charities in 1996 the Amigo Mentoring Project has helped hundreds of students throughout our community.  However, a number of recent budget cuts had posed a serious threat to the continuance of the program.  “We at Catholic Charities of Oswego County are extremely grateful for Entergy’s continued support of the Amigo Mentoring Project.  In an era of declining human service budgets, Entergy’s thoughtful contribution to our mentoring program will be most helpful in keeping the Amigo Mentoring Project operational.  Entergy’s desire to support the children and families in our community is most evident through their generous donation.  Many children will benefit from Entergy’s commitment to the Amigo Mentoring Project,” added Davies-Buckley.