Getting an education is one of the most important things a young person can do. Staying in school and graduating is the best way you have of reaching your goals for the future. In New York State, you are required to be attending school from the ages of 6 to 16. At age 16 you can choose to leave school. You have a legal right to attend public school up to age 21.

If things are happening in your life that make staying in a regular school seem impossible, you don't have to give up. Talk to your parents or to your teacher or counselor at school. There are many services available in Ontario County to help you finish your education.

The following organizations will provide information and/or assistance (click on the agency's name for more information):

Boys and Girls Club of Geneva
Recreational activities are provided as a way to build relationships with children with the goal of enhanced youth development.

Coordinated Child Development Program
The agency provides child care for ages 6 weeks to 5 years; before and after school care for those aged 5 to 12.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County 4-H Youth Development Program
(585)394-3977 x435
A variety of training and activity programs including 4-H programs.

Cobblestone Arts Center
Provides classes in music, dance, visual arts and theater.

Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES Adult and Continuing Education
The center provides education and training programs including preparation for the General Equivalency Dipolma exam, literacy, job training, vocational training and career counseling.

Salvation Army - Canandaigua
Teens on Friday nights; also sponsor occasional roller blade events and dances.

Migrant Education and Outreach Program
Provides academic tutoring, English as a second language, advocacy, career and educational counseling.

Finger Lakes Even Start
Provides family-centered literacy education for children and their parents.

Cheshire Volunteer Fire Dept. Junior Program
(585) 394-1133
Program provides educational and recreational activities for girls and boys linked to fire fighting. Junior program is for those aged 14 to 18.

Finger Lakes Career and Technical Center
Career and technical classes ranging from network technician to metal trades, usually for high school juniors and seniors.

Geneva Housing Authority
The authority provides a variety of educational, recreational and related programs for the agency's tenants.

Geneva Public Library
Services for preschool to young adult include both fun and educational activities including reading programs for pre-schoolers, craft and reading programs for older students and volunteer opportunities for teens aged 13-18.

East Bloomfield GRASP
An in-home instructional program preparing students to take the GED exam. Program is for those 18 and over unless they are migrant eligible.

Job Corps
(585)454-5130 or (800)760-4577
Job Corps provides training for youth between the ages of 16 and 24. Students stay at a residential campus while attaining their General Equivalency Diploma or high school diploma. In addition they take up a trace and receive certifications. Students with have a high school diploma can got to Job Corps to attain trade certification.

Reality Check
Reality Check is a youth empowerment movement fighting the manipulative marketing practices of the tobacco industry through a variety of activities.

South Bristol Cultural Center
The center provides classes on a wide array of the arts, including day camps in the summer.

School to Work/Volunteer Coordinator Geneva City School District
Provides School-to-Work learning opportunities for students.

West Street School, Geneva
The counseling program at West Street School includes a primary mental health project, special friends program and conflict management.

Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board
The board does not provide direct services; instead, it contracts with services providers.

Ontario County Youth Court
Typical cases include petit larceny, criminal mischief, trespass, unauthorized use of a vehicle, low level drug crimes, underage possession of alcohol. Youth Court does not handle cases of violence, or sexual harassment.

Literacy Volunteers of America
Volunteers work one-on-one with adults seeking to improve their reading skills.

New York State Loving Education at Home (LEAH)
(315) 597-6894

Ontario County Workforce Development
(585) 396-4020
Assistance in finding employment or better employment, gaining marketable skills, and entering education facilities.

Finger Lakes Internships
We set up internships for youth enrolled in an educational facility, aged 16 to 24. This is a paid internship developed around the interests of the youth. We also provide resources for school, families and students in the areas of social and emotional skills, transition, and college and career prep. In addition, we are working with http:.//www.reclaimouryouthny.com as a resource for those who work with youth.

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