CiTi business education liaison Garrette Weiss met with youth services specialist Sam Crisafulli from the Youth Advisory Council to discuss holding its student group meetings on the CiTi campus.
YAC used to meet at the CiTi campus before CiTi’s renovation project, which was approved in 2011 by all nine component school districts. Once construction commenced, classroom space became limited and the group moved their meetings to the Mexico United Methodist Church.
Though the CiTi renovation project is not completely finished, many classes are now enjoying their new classrooms. The additional space has allowed for the re-opening of partnership opportunities between YAC and CiTi and hopefully other organizations in the near future.
YAC is comprised of high school students from all nine school districts in Oswego County, and they meet once a month to address issues pertaining to Oswego County Youth.
“They address and learn about issues in the community, while also trying to come up with solutions that they can implement,” said Crisafulli.
YAC recently participated in handing out cards to seniors at Michaud Residential Health Services and in “Project Smiles,” an initiative to provide Christmas presents for orphans in Columbia.
Crisafulli said that moving YAC meetings back onto the CiTi campus will allow for lowered busing costs as well as the use of projectors, computers and other technology for presentations and guest speakers.
He also hopes that the increased exposure to students on campus will inspire more teens to represent the youth of Oswego County through YAC.
YAC’s meetings at the CiTi campus will start in February. They will have the opportunity to utilize the new STEM lab and distance learning lab.
Both CiTi and YAC are excited to see what partnerships can stem from this opportunity.
Any high school student in Oswego County is eligible to participate in the Youth Advisory Council. Students interested in joining YAC can obtain an application from their guidance counselor or call the Youth Bureau at 349-3451.