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June 3, 2008

Oswego County Teens: Apply Now for The Youth Advisory Council

OSWEGO COUNTY - The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is currently accepting applications for the 2008-2009 school year.

“This is a great opportunity for students to get involved in the community and interact with kids from other schools,” said Brian Chetney, Youth Services Specialist with the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. “The Youth Advisory Council is made up of high school students from all nine school districts in Oswego County, including private schools and home schools.”

YAC works closely with the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau to help develop programs that benefit kids. The council meets once a month from September to May to address issues that affect county teens. At each meeting, guest speakers are invited to educate the students on these topics.

Last year, guest speakers included representatives from Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Services (APPS), the Salvation Army, the Youth Bureau, Reality Check, AmeriCorps, Harborfest, Options, Act For Youth, Camp Hollis, and Youth Court.

YAC has been involved with the community in many ways throughout this past year. They sponsored a Bowl-a-Thon to raise money for Cameo Lazzaro, an Oswego County teen burn victim. The council also held a dodgeball and “Guitar Hero” tournament and donated the proceeds to the American Cancer Society.

In addition to raising money for charitable organizations throughout the county, YAC planned and executed several community-focused events. They volunteered at the Bishop Commons' Children's Halloween Party and participated in bell ringing for the Salvation Army. Members also acted as “Santa's Helpers” by writing letters from Santa for young students at BOCES and Kingsford Elementary in Oswego.

The council distributed a prom video that focused on the consequences of driving under the influence to all nine high schools in Oswego County. Some members participated in the Oswego County Autism Task Force Walk and the entire group completed a community service project at Camp Hollis.

YAC provided comments for the Youth Bureau Board regarding Resource Allocation (where certain funds go within the county). The group reviewed and re-designed APPS Youth Yellow Pages and planned an Open House.

Students interested in joining YAC can obtain an application from their guidance counselor or call the Youth Bureau at 349-3451 or 1-800-596-3200 ext. 3451.

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