OSWEGO – Seventeen students representing several Oswego County school districts recently graduated from Leadership Oswego County Youth, a program of the Oswego City – County Youth Bureau and SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations.
The nine-month program 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 mission of LOCY is to inspire and develop young adults of Oswego County to be involved and effective leaders who are committed to using their talents and creativity to benefit our community,” said Brandon Morey, LOCY Coordinator and Coordinator of Recreation and Youth Development for the Oswego City – County Youth Bureau. “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 19th year, LOCY has graduated more than 290 students, many of whom 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 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. It’s very rewarding to know that we, as facilitators, are inspiring tomorrow’s leaders,” added LOCY Co-Facilitator John DeRousie, owner of Custom Marketing Solutions.
Other LOCY co- facilitators include Kevin Slimmer, Director of Continuous Quality Improvement with Elmcrest, and Toni Ross, collaboration manager with Oswego County Opportunities’ (OCO) Health Education Services.
For more information of Leadership Oswego County Youth visit www.co.oswego.ny.us/youth/LOCY.