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Tuesday, October 22, 2020

David Mathis

Eannace: Oneida County Youth Taking Part In
Make a Difference Day

Oneida County Executive Ralph J. Eannace Jr. today announced that staff and students in two youth programs operated through the Oneida County Office of Workforce Development will be participating in Make a Difference Day on Saturday, October 26th.

"Giving back to the community is a very important lesson we can and must teach our young people," Eannace said. "Through inter-generational efforts on Make a Difference Day, our young people get to learn from our senior citizens, and also understand the great satisfaction that comes with volunteering to help others."

Students and staff from the Adolescent Vocational Exploration (AVE) and Progressive Adolescent Vocational Exploration (PAVE) programs will be joining senior citizens at the Allen Calder Wing at St. Luke’s Memorial Hospital and others at St. Luke’s Home from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 26th. Students at Allen Calder will work with seniors to decorate pumpkins that will be kept in the residents’ rooms. Students at St. Luke’s Home will be assisting residents in their Ceramics Program.

AVE helps younger teens improve educational, vocational and career awareness skills as well as attitudes toward work, school, self and others. PAVE helps older teens define career goals, improve attitude toward school, expand career awareness and develop a foundation of skills. Both programs are operated by Oneida County Workforce Development.

"We are proud to be making a difference in every way we can to improve the lives of all our Oneida County residents," Eannace said. "When we bring people together, we help build a stronger community."

More information about the AVE & PAVE programs is available by calling the Oneida County Office of Workforce Development at 798-5908.