OCO Health Education Holding Youth Leadership Retreat

The OCO Health Education program, Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention  is recruiting youth to become Peer Educators in this initiative. CAPP works to promote the reduction of risky sexual behaviors in Oswego County adolescents. Health educators and Peer Leaders involved in this initiative work closely with community members, local agencies and various schools throughout Oswego County.

The OCO CAPP initiative has implemented “Be Proud! Be Responsible!” an evidence-based intervention that has proven to reduce risky sexual behaviors. In the 2012-2013 school year health educators served 450 adolescents with “Be Proud! Be Responsible!” curriculum.

Peer education is a component of the OCO CAPP initiative where youth under the age of 21 receive training in order to facilitate presentations to adults, peers, and community members on adolescent sexual health topics.

Currently there are 15 Peer Educators from across the county trained in “Be Proud! Be Responsible!” These presentations have focus on reducing risky sexual behavior such as, teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS.

The Youth Leadership retreat is open to Oswego County youth under age 21 interested in becoming a Peer Educators. The retreat begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m.; limited transportation will be provided with parent/guardian consent. Activities scheduled include swimming, ice breakers, leadership skill building activities and a sand castle building contest.

Lunch will be provided free to all participants.

For more information on the Youth Leadership Retreat or Oswego County Healthy Youth Alliance please contact OCO Health Education at (315) 342-7532.

The OCO Health Education CAPP initiative is funded by NYS DOH and OCO, Inc is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966.

A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO provides more than 50 vital services throughout 80 separate locations.

For more information, visit www.oco.org