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March 20, 2017

Local Youths Attend Leadership Forum in Albany

OSWEGO - A delegation of Oswego County youth met with State Senator Patty Ritchie and Assemblyman Will Barclay during a recent trip to Albany for the Youth Leadership Forum and Advocacy Day sponsored by the Association of New York State Youth Bureaus.

The youth were accompanied by Brian Chetney, Director of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. Approximately 200 young people from across the state participated in workshops and had individual meetings with their local representatives in the New York State Senate and Assembly.

"Senator Cathy Young addressed the youth as well as acting Commissioner Sheila Poole of the NYS Office of Children and Family Services," said Chetney. "Commissioner Poole took time out of her schedule to speak to Oswego County youth. She was fantastic and continues to strengthen the partnership between youth bureaus, youth development and the Office of Children and Family Services."

Chetney noted that the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau receives vital funding from New York State and the Oswego County Legislature to provide services and support programs in communities across Oswego County.

"The Youth Bureau system provides a mechanism to support programs for all youth," said Chetney. "The goal of the conference is to introduce our future leaders to the legislative process and ensure that leaders in government, businesses and citizens understand the importance of sustainability."

The students from Oswego County who participated in the conference include Hunter Bell of Phoenix, Christina Thompson of Hannibal, Jordan April of Hannibal, Hayden Williamson of Fulton, and Cody Lawson of Phoenix.

For more information about services provided by the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau call 315-349-3451or visit www.oswegocounty.com/youth/.

FUTURE LEADERS VISIT ALBANY - Pictured at the State Capital with State Assemblyman Will Barclay (center) are, from left, Hunter Bell, Christina Thompson, Jordan April, Assemblyman Barclay, Hayden Williamson, Cody Lawson and Youth Bureau director Brian Chetney. The students also met with Senator Patty Ritchie.

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