Youth Office invites funding applications for 2023 youth sports and education programs

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October 28, 2022

The City of Oswego and County Youth Bureau is now accepting applications for funding for programs that provide sports and fitness activities to youth in Oswego County. This is the second year that the Youth Office has been able to distribute funds to programs that meet the NYS Youth Sports and Education Opportunity Funding Guidelines.

“These funds are provided by the Oswego County Youth Bureau and the New York State Office of Child and Family Services,” said Brian Chetney, executive director of the Youth Bureau. of Oswego County. “The Youth Bureau Board will review and assess each proposal in terms of cost-effectiveness, impact and measurable results. They will also seek to ensure that each project serves a wide range of young people from different age groups and geographic regions in Oswego County.

Funded programs are required to provide a variety of structured sports activities to a wide range of Oswego County youth (ages 6-17) in underprivileged communities.

The New York State Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) encourages a broad and flexible definition of sports that includes organized activities with movement, fitness, and outdoor engagement, such as dancing , yoga and hiking.

Sports Opportunity Funding Scholarships are guided by the following principles:

  • Sports are effective tools for positive youth development and family engagement, when delivered well by programs and minimum quality measures are met.
  • Sport improves the lives of young people by promoting positive social, emotional, health and educational outcomes and has important lifelong impacts.
  • Sport offers young people the opportunity to achieve economic success through leadership roles.
  • Coach education dramatically improves the sport experience and developmental outcomes of young people.

A one-page summary is due Monday, November 7. Full proposals are due Wednesday, December 7. Funding decisions and awards will be based on New York State guidelines.

For more information or to request an application package, contact Tiffany Halstead at [email protected] or call the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau at 315-349-3590.

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