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 Opportunities’ Youth Drop-In Center in Mexico offers youth a variety of things to do, all in a safe, relaxed environment.
Located in the Wilcox Center at Spring and Church streets, the 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, the Mexico Drop-In Center, which is open to all youth between the ages of 12 and 20, provides a place where they can spend some leisure time with their friends.
According to Heather Robinson of OCO’s Youth & Family Services, while the 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 Robinson.
While the staff of OCO’s Youth & Family Services supervises the center, Robinson added that she welcomes those interested in becoming youth volunteers at the site.
“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 Robinson.
For more information, contact Robinson at 315-342-7532 or [email protected]