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Feb. 9, 2005

Youth Bureau Will Award Grants for Middle School-Age Youth and Youth Counseling Programs

The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau will accept applications for projects that support components of the three-year Oswego County Child and Family Services Plan. The Youth Bureau Board of Directors has set aside up to $23,500 for programming to serve middle school-age youth during non-school hours. One or more programs may be funded. Priority will be given to programs that connect youth from various Oswego County schools. Programs should be open to the general middle school population.

Schools and not-for-profit agencies with a 501(c) 3 designation that serve youth are eligible to apply for funding. Applicants are encouraged to partner with other local youth service organizations and municipalities.

Up to $12,000 has been set aside to provide counseling services to youth in the northern geographic area of Oswego County.

"The Youth Bureau Board of Directors identified that there were limited counseling services available for youth in Oswego County," said Kathleen Fenlon, director of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. "The board identified a particular need for youth counseling services in the northern area of the county." Not-for-profit agencies with a 501(c)3 designation may apply for funding.

Applications are due by March 4. The grant funds need to be spent by Dec. 31, 2005. For an application package, contact the youth bureau at 349-3451 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3451. For additional information, call Fenlon at the youth bureau.

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