May 11, 2022
OSWEGO COUNTY-The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau has now accepted funding applications for programs that provide sports and physical fitness activities to the county’s youth.
Up to $ 9,458 will be raised through the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) for programs that meet state funding guidelines for “Sports Opportunity Funding.”
“This funding is intended to support programs that promote positive youth development,” said Oswego City-County Youth Bureau Director Brian Chetney. “We all know the benefits of healthy, physical activities like sports. They help children develop motor skills, prevent obesity and reduce stress. However, these activities are also important to the personal growth of young people. They help build their self -esteem, teach goal setting and teamwork, and develop leadership skills.
Qualified programs must serve youth between the ages of 6 and 17 in Oswego County. They should provide a variety of structured sports activities for a variety of youth in resource-disadvantaged communities. OCFS encourages a flexible definition of “sport” that includes activities that promote mobility, physical fitness and outdoor participation-such as dance, yoga and hiking.
Full proposals by Friday, June 10. The Youth Bureau Board of Directors will review and evaluate each proposal for cost-effectiveness, impact and measurable results. They will also look to ensure that each project serves a large cross-section of youth from different age groups and geographic areas in Oswego County.
Funding and rewards decisions are based on New York State guidelines. The “Sports Opportunity Funding” awards are guided by the following principles:
- Games can be effective tools for positive youth development and family engagement if programs are well delivered and quality measures are achieved.
- Sports can improve the lives of young people and have an important lifelong impact by promoting positive health, social, emotional and educational development.
- Sport enables opportunities for young people to succeed economically through leadership roles.
- Coach education greatly enhances the sports experience and development of young people.
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.