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September 24, 2018

Local Agencies to Host Youth Program Forum


OSWEGO, NY – Representatives from a number of Oswego County’s human services agencies will host an Oswego County Youth Program Forum on November 4 at the McCrobie Building, 41 Lake St.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the program starting promptly at 9 a.m.

Members of the planning committee for Oswego County Youth Program Forum meet to discuss details for the event. Seated from left are OCO SAF Education Program Manager Meredith Needham, Helen Hoefer of Catholic Charities of Oswego County, and Employment Specialist Heather Tebidor of Oswego County Workforce NY. Standing from left are Karen Meyer, Department of Social Services Youth Service Unit; Jennifer Losurdo, Oswego City-County Youth Bureau; Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County Patrick Dewine; Executive Director of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau Brian Chetney; and OCO Health Educator Toni Ross. Absent are committee members, Linda Brosch of Cornell Cooperative Extension and Tim Archer of Catholic Charities.

Members of the planning committee for Oswego County Youth Program Forum meet to discuss details for the event. Seated from left are OCO SAF Education Program Manager Meredith Needham, Helen Hoefer of Catholic Charities of Oswego County, and Employment Specialist Heather Tebidor of Oswego County Workforce NY. Standing from left are Karen Meyer, Department of Social Services Youth Service Unit; Jennifer Losurdo, Oswego City-County Youth Bureau; Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County Patrick Dewine; Executive Director of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau Brian Chetney; and OCO Health Educator Toni Ross. Absent are committee members, Linda Brosch of Cornell Cooperative Extension and Tim Archer of Catholic Charities.

Open to anyone interested in learning about the many services and programs that are available to youth in Oswego County, the Youth Program 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.

“The Youth Forum is a perfect example of the synergy that Oswego County’s human services agencies have when it comes to delivering services that focus on helping children and youth succeed,” said Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Patrick Dewine.

Executive Director of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau and co-chairperson of the event’s planning committee, Brian Chetney explained that the format and the location for this year’s Youth Forum has changed.

“The new format and location will make for a much more inclusive forum.  Rather than hosting a number of independent workshops, this year’s Youth Forum will offer attendees the opportunity to hear every presentation.  They will not have to choose one presentation at the risk of missing another, said Chetney.

Representatives from each participating agency will discuss the services their youth programs offer, how to access the programs, and the positive impact these programs have on the youth of Oswego County.

Additionally, there will be an information area where attendees may learn more about many of the other youth services available.

Participating agencies include:

–          The Child Advocacy Center

–          The Oswego County Health Department

–          Oswego City-County Youth Bureau

–          Hospice

–          Parents of Special Children

–          YMCA

–          Arise

–          Catholic Charities

–          Workforce NY

–          Oswego Industries

–          Reality Check

–          United Way

–          OCO

–          Oswego Expeditions

–          Oswego County Sheriff’s Department

–          Department of Social Services

–          Cornell Cooperative Extension

–          Girl Scouts

–          Boy Scouts

–          Farnham

–          United Health

–          Salvation Army

–          C.I.T.I.

–          Poison Control

–          COCOA

–          Fidelis

“The Oswego County Youth Program Forum is an excellent opportunity those that work with youth to come together to learn more about programs that aid youth and families in Oswego County. It’s also a chance for the participants to network, questions, and get to know their peers better,” Chetney said.

For more information on the Oswego County Youth Program Forum, contact Dewine at the United Way of Greater Oswego County 593-1900 ext.201 or at [email protected]

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