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June 9, 2015

Local Youth Help Clean Up Oswego

OSWEGO -Residents and visitors to the Port City often enjoy the beautiful scenery and wildlife on the linear park walkway along the Oswego River Canal. The area recently experienced a spring cleaning thanks to the efforts of Oswego Youth Court members.

Britany Dievendorf, Community Service Coordinator for Oswego Youth Court, organized a group to clean up the walkway as part of a statewide canal beautification project.

Youth Court is a diversion program for juvenile offenders that recruits local middle school and high school students and trains them on courtroom roles.

"Youth Court members are trained to try cases that are referred from local schools and law enforcement agencies," explained Dievendorf. "Armed with gloves, garbage bags, a push broom, and bottles of water, eightOswego Youth Court members helped clean up along the canal. We had the perfect weather, and with our hardworking group of girls, we managed to get the canal walk cleaned up in less than two hours."

The next Youth Court training program will be held from July 27to 31 in Oswego. Contact the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau at (315) 349-3451 for more information.

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