CYO to host Community Open House

What does your child do after school?  Spend time with his or her peers? Make new friends? Enjoy games and activities in a safe, welcoming environment?

If your child visits the CYO program, chances are he or she does all of that.

For decades, area youth have made a trip to the CYO program a daily ritual.

From 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 9, 10 and 11, Catholic Charities of Oswego County invites community members to discover for themselves the many reasons why CYO is the place to go after school as it hosts a Community Open House at the CYO facilities inside Catholic Charities at 365 W. First St. in Fulton.

Available to students in grades two through 12, the CYO program offers something for everyone from games, sports and activities to arts and crafts.

“We offer a variety of options for youth and give them the freedom to do whatever they would like to entertain themselves,” said Helen Hoefer, supervisor of Community Services for Catholic Charities. “CYO Coordinator George Timmins and his staff ensure that the CYO program offers youth quality recreation time in a safe, caring environment.”

According to Timmins, he and his staff work to connect with youth visiting the CYO program.

“I want our youth to know that CYO can be more than just a place to have fun with their friends. We foster healthy character development by helping them build confidence in themselves, develop a healthy level of self-esteem and gain a thorough understanding of the team concept … qualities that will serve them well as adults,” said Timmins.

During the open house, community members will have an opportunity to tour the facilities and meet the staff.

“We are always adding new activities to keep our youth engaged, entertained and looking forward to their next visit to CYO,” said Hoefer.

“Recently, thanks to a generous donation courtesy of the City of Fulton annual golf tournament, we have been able to add a number of new games and activities including: an air hockey table, yoga mats, table tennis, floor hockey, hang a hoop target for younger children, and more,” she added.

These new additions, coupled with offerings such as billiards, table tennis, video games, basketball, dodge ball, kickball, arts and crafts, flag football and more make the CYO program the place to be after school,” she contined. “I invite, community members and their families to join us for our CYO open house and discover why the CYO program has been a destination for youth for more than 50 years.”

Light refreshments will be served at the open house. For more information, contact Catholic Charities at 598-3980.

Catholic Charities serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation.

Primary funding sources are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, the County of Oswego, the state Office of Children and Family Services through Oswego City/County Youth Bureau, and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.

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