Youth Bureau awards grant to OCO youth programs

Fulton YMCA Executive Director Amy Leotta adjusts the weight as Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) Homeless Services Program Manager Phil Lamb tries out a machine in the Fulton YMCA’s Fitness Center. OCO received a mini grant from the Oswego City/County Youth Bureau and the NYS Office of Children and Family Services to purchase a one year membership to the Fulton YMCA for use by youth in OCO’s PATH (Program to Assist Teenage Homeless) and YES! (Youth Emergency Services) programs.

FULTON - Youth in Oswego Count Opportunities PATH (Program to Assist Teenage Homeless) and YES! (Youth Emergency Services) programs will enjoy a healthier, more active winter thanks to a mini grant from the Oswego City/County Youth Bureau and the NYS Office of Children and Family Services.

The mini grant provides a full one-year membership to the Fulton Family YMCA. The membership includes four passes to be used at a time for any and all youth who enter OCO’s YES! or PATH programs.

The membership provides access to all of the Fulton YMCA’s facilities including the swimming pool, fitness center, weight room, and gym. Additionally youth will be able to participate in the Y’s group exercise classes and special programs.

“We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to request funds to purchase the YMCA membership,” said OCO Homeless Services Program Manager Phillip Lamb. “We’re excited to be receiving this grant and to be able to offer a wide variety of health and wellness activities to our youth.”

“Physical exercise and participating in healthy activities can be a great remedy for the stress, depression, and anxiety that many of our youth face every day,” continued Lamb. “Whether it is lifting weights or using the cardio equipment in the Fitness Center, playing basketball in the gym, running, swimming, or taking part in one of the Fulton YMCA’s group fitness classes, there is a variety of outlets for youth to explore that will help promote a healthy lifestyle and minimize risky behaviors.”

“We have up to 20 youth on any given day that can utilize the passes,” added OCO Homeless Services Coordinator Jill Brzuszkiewicz. “Our youth expressed excitement and eagerness to take advantage of the passes and we expect the usage to increase as the weather continues to change.”

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