The event at the Geneva Community Center hopes to build parent-child bonds

GENEVA — Friday night promises to be a night of bonding for children and their parents.

The Youth Clubhouse at the Geneva Community Center is presenting a parent night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. The free event for parents and their children is sponsored by the Partnership for Ontario County Inc.

Information tables, "build-your-own" sub stations, and bonding activities for participants will be available at the center, 160 Carter Road. Multiple Ontario County parenting service providers will be present, including Child & Family Resources Inc., Care Net Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes, Finger Lakes Parent Network Inc., Cornell University Cooperative Extension and the Council on Alcoholism & Addictions of the Finger Lakes.

Kelli Gage, the new program director for the partnership’s Youth Clubhouse, will be on hand to welcome visitors. She has years pf experience working in the nonprofit sector, which will help facilitate the Youth Clubhouse operation, said Bonnie Ross, executive director of the partnership.

The Youth Clubhouse provides a safe and welcoming gathering place for youths ages 12 to 17 in Ontario County. At the Geneva Community Center, the clubhouse operates from 2 to 10 p.m. Saturdays by offering a place for recreation, relaxation and enjoyment of activities that include recovery support.

“We are delighted to welcome Kelli to our team to enhance our services for youth and families in Ontario County,” Ross said.

To implement the clubhouse program, the partnership received funding from the state Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services. Seven regions around New York have received similar grants from the state agency to bring clubhouses to their areas to help combat adolescent addiction. The clubhouses are designed as a non-clinical option to help youths develop social skills that promote prevention, long-term health, wellness, recovery and a drug-free lifestyle.

The Partnership for Ontario County serves youths, families and ommunities through programs and initiatives. The programs under its umbrella include the Ontario County Youth Court, the Child Advocacy Center of the Finger Lakes, Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Ontario County, Family Support Centers, Youth Mental Health First Aid, Youth Clubhouse and an initiative known as With Youth For Youth.

In addition, the partnership serves as the fiscal agent for Nowhere to Go, an initiative to work with the unsheltered homeless.

To learn more

Visit www.partnershipforontariocounty.org. For more information about parent night, call 585-394-4554.