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April 8, 2005

Area High School Students Keep Busy and Find Satisfaction
Through Service Projects

By Kelley Callahan
Youth Advisory Council Member, Oswego High School

The Oswego County Youth Advisory Council (YAC), a youth organization that meets once a month from September to May, has conducted many school visits this year. Traditionally the council meets at BOCES but due to scheduling challenges the Council has held monthly meetings at APW, Paul V. Moore in Central Square, Sandy Creek and Oswego.

YAC consists of high school students representing all nine school districts in Oswego County, including private and home schools. Early in the year YAC assisted the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau providing feedback on the 2005 resource allocation, which has taken on greater importance due to budgetary concerns within all levels of government.

After the November meeting, YAC hosted a bowl-a-thon and raised over $500 for the Sabine family from the APW school district and for a recent graduate of Sandy Creek High School injured in an automobile accident. At the December meeting YAC helped deliver Santa’s responses to letters written by pre-school students at the Sandy Creek Elementary School. In February Council members helped raise money for scholarships to attend Camp Hollis at the Winter Fun Day, and raised over $1,300 participating in the first Youth Bureau overnight bowling extravaganza. The money raised goes toward local youth programming. During the March meeting, council members met with Kathleen Fenlon, director of the Oswego City-County Youth bureau, to discuss the allocation of funds directed toward middle school aged students.

In the coming months YAC will be just as busy. YAC will conduct its yearly youth voter registration drive. In May YAC will travel to Bishop Commons in Oswego for its monthly meeting, do a community service project, elect new officers and graduate its senior members.

For more information about YAC please contact Brian Chetney at the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, phone 349-3451 or e-mail brian@oswegocounty.com

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