Catholic Charities

Youth Development Program

The Youth Development program provides youth ages 6 to 18 living in two disadvantaged Syracuse neighborhoods with safe, supervised places to go after school, during school holidays, and in the summer. CCOC has provided this neighborhood-based youth development approach since the first neighborhood center was founded in 1944. The program offers children and teens opportunities to use their free time constructively by engaging in homework assistance, recreational and socialization activities, pro-social skill development, and interaction with positive role models. The objectives are to reduce youth exposure to violence and support youth to build developmental assets and reduce risky behaviors so that they will successfully transition into adulthood.