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Local Agencies To Host Youth Program Forum

OSWEGO, NY – Representatives from a number of Oswego County’s human services agencies will host the fourth annual Oswego County Youth Program Forum on Nov. 30 at the Armory on West First Street.

Sign in begins at 8 a.m. with the program starting promptly at 8:30 a.m.

Open to anyone interested in learning about the many services and programs that are available to youth in Oswego County, the forum will provide youth service providers with an opportunity to share information on their programs while learning about other youth programs that exist in Oswego County.

Members of the planning committee meet to discuss details for the fourth annual Oswego County Youth Program Forum. From left are: Director of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, Kathy Fenlon; County Director of the Oswego County Youth Advocate Program, David Canfield; Christine Weaver of Workforce NY; Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Melanie Trexler; and Mike Perkins of the Oswego YMCA.
Members of the planning committee meet to discuss details for the fourth annual Oswego County Youth Program Forum. From left are: Director of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, Kathy Fenlon; County Director of the Oswego County Youth Advocate Program, David Canfield; Christine Weaver of Workforce NY; Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Melanie Trexler; and Mike Perkins of the Oswego YMCA.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for youth services providers to come together and show the community what they have to offer the youth of Oswego County as well as inform them about careers and employment opportunities that exist in their organization,” said Director of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, Kathy Fenlon, a member of the event’s planning committee.

Fenlon explained that the format of the forum would allow for agency representatives to present a short synopsis of their particular program.

Each agency will also be able to display and distribute information about their youth programs to those in attendance as well as other participating agencies.

The committee is anticipating welcoming representatives from organizations offering youth services such as:

Jobs/Training, Mentoring Services, Recreation Programs/Services, Runaway/Shelter/Homeless Services, Family Focused Programming, Cultural Services, Juvenile Justice Services, Youth Development Services, Conflict Resolution Services, Health/Mental Health Services.

Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Melanie Trexler cited agencies involved for their collaborative efforts on the event.

“The youth forum is an excellent example of our human services agencies working together to help achieve a common good…helping our youth and their families,” she said.

Committee member Mike Perkins of the Oswego YMCA echoed those thoughts.

“This kind of collaboration truly demonstrates the United Way’s Live United concept that we are all connected. It was a pleasure working with other agencies and their representatives that served on the planning committee.”

For more information, call Fenlon at 349-3451 or e-mail [email protected]

Individuals and organizations that are not presenting information that wish to attend the event do not need to pre-register.