Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
Fulton, NY – The official mascot for Oswego County Opportunities’ upcoming Bowl O’Gold Bowling Tournament, Patty McGold discovered one of the many benefits that OCO’s Crisis and Development Services provides when he visited clients of OCO’s OPTIONS program.
The OPTIONS program promotes well being for Oswego County teens that are pregnant or parenting. Through education and advocacy, case workers ensure the health of the youth and the baby as they assist youth in obtaining services from other agencies, provide supportive counseling to assist their transition to parenthood, and help them grow personally as they help them develop parenting skills.
Based on Florida State University’s Partners for a Healthy Baby, OCO’s OPTIONS curriculum is time specific for each client, based on the month of pregnancy or the age of the child, and offers its clients the tools they need to succeed as a parent. In addition to education on pre and post-natal care and parenting, clients receive instruction on life skills, decision-making, continuing education, and job readiness skills.
To augment the one-on-one training that the clients receive from their case specialist, there are monthly meetings where clients are able to share their experiences with their peers and discuss parenting issues with other expecting or parenting teens. OPTIONS also encourages fathers to participate and attend the group meetings.
Currently serving more than 60 teens, OPTIONS provides a valuable service to teen mothers and fathers and contributes to the overall health of Oswego County as the program’s curriculum is aimed at decreasing repeat pregnancy and increasing family engagement, health, educational attainment, and self-sufficiency.
OCO’s Bowl O’ Gold official mascot, Patty McGold, is visiting various OCO sites throughout Oswego County as it reminds community members of OCO’s Bowl O’ Gold Bowling Tournament that will be held March 10 from noon to 6 p.m. at Lakeview Lanes, Route 3 in Fulton.
Registration is now open for 5-person teams, with choice of two flights, noon – 2:30 p.m. or 3 – 5:30 p.m.
Flights will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Businesses and individuals may also donate door prizes for the drawings and the silent auction. There also a limited number of opportunities for businesses and organizations interested in becoming a major sponsor of OCO’s Bowl O’ Gold Bowling Tournament. For registration or sponsorship information, or to donate a door prize, contact OCO at 315-598-4717 or visit the agency’s website at www.oco.org
For more information on OCO’s OPTIONS program, contact Program Coordinator, Linda Eagan at 315-598-6664 ext. 1719. OPTIONS is funded by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)-Grant# APH PA 00111-01; Oswego City/County Youth Bureau (SDPP); United Way and Community Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Services (CAPP)
The statements and opinions expressed are solely the responsibility of OCO and not represented by the official views of the funder.
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