624 Elizabeth St, Utica, NY 13501 | (315) 272-2600

Outreach and Prevention

Outreach and Prevention

Outreach and Prevention

O&P is a social, recreational and educational activities drop-in program for youth up to age 18. This program also provides a teen night 1 night a week during the school year and based on need more frequently in the summer months. This program offers meaningful activities based on the 40 Developmental Assets and supervised socialization to gain important interpersonal skills.

During the summer session, lunch is provided daily and on teen nights, dinner is made during a life skills session shared in a family set atmosphere. Family activities are held on a regular basis, such as cultural celebrations, talent shows, and arts. Throughout the year, field trips are provided for youth and their families to places in and outside the city.

The youth service programs lay the foundation for children to have a positive impact on the community by improving social skills and self-confidence, encouraging involvement with the community, developing trusting relationships with adults, teaching character building skills to minimize the impact of negative behaviors, and increasing parent participation in the lives of their children. The program always maintains an ongoing emphasis on celebrating heritage and culture.

Key Points

  • School Year: Monday – Friday 2:30-5:00 and Monday Nights 5:00-7:00 for teens
    (only school days, not open on school vacations or half days)
  • Summer: Monday – Friday 10:00-3:00 Monday Nights 5:00-7:00
  • Group Leader: Anna Irizarry
  • Located at 624 Elizabeth Street
  • Ages: 6-18
  • Requirements for program: must have completed kindergarten and be a community youth within walking distance of the center
  • Although it is a walk in program we keep a waiting list to maintain an appropriate staff child ratio
  • Please Note: This is a drop in program and may close with minimal notice
  • Contact: Anna @ 272-2600