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OCO Invites Youth to Drop-In

MEXICO, NY – For youth in the greater Mexico area there is an answer to the often-heard statement, “there’s nothing to do”.  Oswego County’s Youth Drop-In Center in Mexico offers youth a variety of things to do, all in a safe, relaxed environment.

Youth work on some arts and crafts projects at OCO’s Youth Drop-In Center in Mexico.  Located in the Wilcox Center at Spring and Church streets in Mexico, the Youth Drop-In Center offers visitors a variety of activities.
Youth work on some arts and crafts projects at OCO’s Youth Drop-In Center in Mexico. Located in the Wilcox Center at Spring and Church streets in Mexico, the Youth Drop-In Center offers visitors a variety of activities.

Located in the Wilcox Center at Spring and Church streets, the Youth Drop-In Center is open Tuesdays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. during the school year, and 2 to 5 p.m. during the summer.  Funded through the US Department of Health and Human Services Street Outreach Program, the Mexico Drop-In Center, which is open to all youth between the ages of 12 and 20, provides area youth with a place where they can spend some leisure time with their friends.

According to Heather Sturges of OCO’s Crisis & Development Services, while the Mexico Drop-In Center offers a number of games and activities, it is much more than just a place for youth to gather.

“Our drop-in site is very youth driven.  We encourage those attending to put their personal touch on the site and really make it their own.  We welcome their input on activities they would like to participate in such as group discussions on pertinent issues and summer field trips to the beach, the mall, or other places of interest.  It’s a great opportunity for youth to take interest in their community,” said Sturges.

Also, it is not only an option for youth living in the Mexico area; it is open to any youth between the ages of 12 and 20 despite which school they attend or what their zip code is.

While the staff of OCO’s Crisis & Development Services supervises the Mexico Drop-In Center, Sturges added that she welcomes those interested in becoming youth volunteers at the center.

“Being a youth volunteer is an excellent opportunity to make new friends and gain valuable experience while doing something they enjoy and helping to make the center grow.  Youth volunteers assist with decision making, recruitment of new members, outreach sessions, facilitate group meetings and create and implement activities.  We value the input we receive from our youth and invite them to help the center evolve in a direction in a way that would appeal to even more youth and increase participation,” said Sturges.

For more information on OCO’s Youth Drop-In Center in Mexico contact Sturges at 315-342-7532 or via e-mail at [email protected]

One of Oswego County’s largest employers, OCO’s workforce of more than 650 employees and 1000 volunteers provide more than 50 human services programs that touch the lives of more thanr 28,000 each year.

As OCO celebrates its 45th anniversary it is on a roll to continue its mission of helping people, supporting communities, changing lives, and improving the quality of life for Oswego County residents.  For more information on OCO, a member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, visit their website at www.oco.org