Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
FULTON, NY – Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Oswego County, Mary-Margaret Pezzella-Pekow announced that Stacie Roberts has been appointed supervisor for the agency’s CYO Program.
Roberts, who holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Justice and a Masters Degree in Education from SUNY Oswego, previously worked as a teacher’s assistant in the Red Creek School District and as a tutor with Wayne-Fingerlakes BOCES.
No stranger to Catholic Charities, Roberts worked in the agency’s Kinship Program from 2005 to 2007 and most recently served as the coordinator for the CYO’s Mentoring Program. She is looking forward to the new challenge and excited about the number of changes that the CYO Program has undergone.
“I’ve really enjoyed working with the participants in our mentoring program and seeing the upgrades that have been made to our CYO facility,” said Roberts. “Our teen lounge, arts & crafts room, and game room now offer CYO participants a wider range of options, and we are currently in the process of forming youth groups that will provide participants with a variety of benefits including; developing job skills, improving social skills, discussions of pertinent youth issues, and more.”
“We are happy to have Stacie as supervisor of our CYO Program,” said Pezzella-Pekow. “Her familiarity with our agency and her experience working with, and relating to, youth in our CYO Mentoring Program will prove invaluable in her new position.”
Roberts cites her passion for working with youth as her most important asset in her new role as CYO supervisor. “It makes me smile to see youth of all ages, from 5 to 18 visiting our CYO center, participating in activities and making new friends. The CYO Program is a wonderful resource for our youth. I invite parents to stop in and see for themselves the many benefits that our CYO Program offers area youth,” added Roberts.
Open to all area youth the CYO program offers a safe, well-supervised, friendly environment where youth can participate in a variety of programs that promote positive development and offers youth the opportunity for healthy interaction with their peers.
Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation. Primary funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego County programs are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, the County of Oswego, NYS Office of Children and Family Services through Oswego City/County Youth Bureau, and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.