Almost 50 youth, ages 5 â€“ 12, were on hand to enjoy the movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs during the CYOâ€™s Movie Matinee held Wednesday, April 21st. Sponsored by Catholic Charities of Oswego Countyâ€™s CYO Mentoring Program, in conjunction with the Kinship Support Program, the event provided youth with an opportunity to enjoy a movie with their friends, free of charge, complete with refreshments including popcorn courtesy of the Oswego Theater.
â€œWe are happy to be able to partner with our Kinship Support Program and provide youth with a fun afternoon,â€ said Director of the CYO Program, Jim Smiley. â€œThis was the second Movie Matinee, and based on the response we have received from the youth, as well as their parents, we are looking into the possibility of making our Movie Matinee a regular part of our CYO Program. Itâ€™s a nice opportunity for families to enjoy a movie with their children, as parents are welcome to attend as well. Our Movie Matinees are open to Oswego County youth, ages 5 â€“ 12.â€
Catholic Charitiesâ€™ Kinship Program provides support to kinship caregivers; people who, through a variety of circumstances, have taken on the responsibility of raising their relativeâ€™s children. The program provides the family with emotional support, recreational opportunities, and advocacy. The CYO Mentoring Program is a school based mentoring program that matches elementary school children with high school students and provides them with peer support and a positive role model. Mentors provide friendship, guidance, and support through one on one time and group activities.
The CYO program, funded in part by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services through the Oswego City / County Youth Bureau, offers youth has designed a variety of activities to aid in the recreational development of youth in Fulton, as well as the surrounding communities of Oswego County. All activities are free of charge and are supervised by a trained staff.
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, Entergy, the Oswego City/County youth bureau and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.
For more information on the CYO Program you may contact CYO Director, Jim Smiley at 598-3980 or visit Catholic Charitiesâ€™ website at www.ccoswego.com.