OSWEGO, NY – 17 students, representing a number of 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.
A nine-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 mission of LOCY is to inspire and develop young adults of Oswego County to be involved and effective leaders committed to using their talents and creativity to benefit our community,” said Coordinator of Recreation and Youth Development for the Oswego City – County Youth Bureau and LOCY Coordinator Brandon Morey. “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 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 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’ Health Education Services.
For more information of Leadership Oswego County Youth visit www.co.oswego.ny.us/youth/LOCY.