OSWEGO, NY – 23 Students, representing eight Oswego County School Districts recently graduated from Leadership Oswego County Youth, a program of SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations.
A 10-month program, Leadership Oswego County Youth combines classroom instruction, workshops, and a variety of activities that provide students with the skills needed to succeed as leaders in their school and in the future.
“The goal of LOCY is to develop a well-informed, diverse network of leaders who will apply their individual and collective experiences and skills to broaden community vision and improve the quality of life for all Oswego County residents,” said LOCY coordinator and youth services specialist for the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, Brian Chetney. “Our facilitators, a diverse group of community professionals who are leaders in their own right, work closely to develop a challenging curriculum that focuses on taking responsibility for one’s community.”
Now in its 16th year, LOCY has graduated a total of 250 students.
Many of which have gone on to be a part of Oswego County Youth Court, Youth Advisory Council, and other youth development programs.
“It’s interesting to see the growth LOCY students experience over the course of the program. They begin as a group of 20 to 25 students who may only know one other person in the class. However, by graduation they have developed into a tight-knit group of confident and self-assured young adults,” Chetney added. “It’s very rewarding to know that we, as facilitators, are inspiring tomorrow’s leaders.”
For more information of Leadership Oswego County Youth, visit www.co.oswego.ny.us/youth/LOCY