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November 20, 2009

Oswego County Legislature Proclaims November as Runaway Prevention Month

The Oswego County Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee recently presented a proclamation designating the month of November as Runaway Prevention Month in Oswego County. At hand to receive the proclamation were Kathy Fenlon, executive director of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau and County Parks and Recreation; Amy Baldwin, RHH specialist of Oswego County Opportunities, Inc.; and Kathleen Knopp, prevention and early intervention program manager of Oswego County Opportunities, Inc. Throughout the county, there are 300 runaway or homeless young people who have the least access to healthy development opportunities and supports. Reducing this number first requires residents to better understand the causes of youth homelessness. We can empower families and communities to provide the necessary supports and challenge conscientious adults to act as mentors for youth and guide them toward healthy and productive choices. Pictured from left is Daniel Chalifoux, District 19; Arthur Gearsbeck, District 6; Morris Sorbello, District 23; Committee Vice-Chairwoman Barbara Brown, District 8; Committee Chairman John Proud, District 7; Fenlon; Baldwin; Knopp; Margaret Kastler, District 1; and Douglas Malone, District 20.


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