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TeenFest organizers at 2016 event
TeenFest organizers at 2016 event. (Photo courtesy of Rocco Carbone)
Save the Date:
TeenFest Aug. 5 at Henninger
Contact Community Services and its Teen Talk program is excited to announce that the second TeenFest live music event will be held August 5 in the auditorium at Henninger High School in Syracuse. The high school setting is an ideal fit for TeenFest because it’s an event created by teenagers and for teenagers ... read more
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Roxboro Road students
Roxboro Road students in Youth Development Specialist Kate Filippone’s program
Contact’s 5th-Grade Success
at Roxboro Middle School
One success story? Why stop there! Kate Filipone is a Youth Development Specialist for Contact Community Services’ program at Roxboro Road Middle School in the North Syracuse Central School District. Kate was asked to write about one success story among her fifth-grade students ... read more
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ITC students at 2016 Teen Institute
ITC Students at 2016 Teen Institute
Teen Institute Changes
Students’ "Minds and Hearts"
In early November, 20 students from Corcoran, Fowler, the Institute of Technology at Central (ITC) and Nottingham high schools in Syracuse attended the 2016 Heart of New York Teen Institute leadership conference in Penn Yan....The annual conference empowers teens with the knowledge, skills and confidence to educate and lead their peers in efforts to reduce the frequency of substance abuse and other unhealthy behaviors. ... read more
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Contact SAP Counselor Cindy Squillace on "Insight."
Contact SAP Counselor
Appears on WCNY’s "Insight"
We’re proud to say that Cindy Squillace, our Student Assistance Program Counselor at Syracuse Institute of Technology at Central (ITC) High School, was invited to be a guest panelist on WCNY TV’s "Insight" program that aired Oct. 7. The topic: Why Central New York has the most segregated school district borders in the state. ... read more
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22 PUsh-up Challenge
NewsChannel 9 interviews Contact’s Cheryl Giarrusso after the 22 Push-Up Challenge.
Contact Drops and Gives 22
To Support Veterans
Staff and volunteers from Contact Community Services and the Central New York Chapter of the American Red Cross helped raise awareness of suicide prevention for veterans by performing the 22 Push-Up Challenge at 12:22 p.m. Sept. 28 at Contact’s office in East Syracuse. The 22 Push-Up Challenge takes its name from a 2012 Department of Veteran Affairs study that said an average of 22 veterans die by suicide each day. ... read more
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Contact Supports State’s
Suicide Prevention Plan
On September 12, the New York State Office of Mental Health released an extensive, multifaceted plan for suicide prevention aimed at reducing New York State’s suicide rate. "1,700 Too Many: New York State’s Suicide Prevention Plan" will empower communities, healthcare professionals and researchers with the tools they need to decrease the number of deaths by suicide. ... read more
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Teen Institute Youth Staff Named for 2016-17
Teen Institute Youth Staff
Named for 2016-17
Contact Community Services is proud to announce the five Syracuse City School District (SCSD) students who have been selected to the Teen Institute Youth Staff for the 2016-17 school year: Mikem Simpson, Kyra Spaights and Solomon Lawrence from Syracuse Institute of Technology at Central (ITC), and Uriah Howard and Za’Reyah Brown from Fowler High School. ... read more
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Pat Leone
Pat Leone
An Anniversary Message from
Executive Director Pat Leone
Dear Friends, Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the work of Contact Community Services. I recently celebrated my 10th anniversary as Contact’s Executive Director and I remain in awe of the hard work and professionalism of our staff and volunteers. ... read more
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First TeenFest at Palace Theatre
Teens Show Spirit
at First TeenFest
The inaugural TeenFest that was held August 6 at the Palace Theatre in Syracuse was created to help teenagers make healthy choices and highlight their incredible talents. The event surpassed those goals in many ways, particularly with one of the scheduled performers, Tyler Lamb ... read more
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Acadias Dana Gucciardi tours the Hotline Call Center
Acadia’s Dana Gucciardi with Contact’s Pat Leone and Cheryl Giarrusso
Acadia Donates to
Prevent Teen Suicides
Dana Gucciardi, a Senior Claim Specialist at Acadia’s Syracuse office, visited Contact August 9 to tour the crisis and suicide prevention Hotline facility and meet with Executive Director Pat Leone and Crisis Intervention Services Director Cheryl Giarrusso. Dana also presented the $2,450 check to Cheryl ... read more
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Volunteers and Donoars
Contact Salutes
Volunteers & Donors
About 80 volunteers, donors, board members and staff attended Contact Community Services’ annual "Volunteer & Donor Celebration" June 23 at Justin’s Tuscan Grill in East Syracuse to honor 2016 Volunteer of the Year Paula Freedman and our other award winners ... read more
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Sue Navagh
Sue Navagh
Hotline Volunteer Making a Difference
Like many college students in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Sue Navagh was going to change the world. "I came up here from New York City in a time, I’m sure you know, we were the Age of Aquarius, we were going to change the world," ... read more
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The Vadala family
Toni Vadala with her sons Anthony (left) and Christopher
Contact impacts Syracuse Family
In Many Different Ways
Contact Community Services recently attended the annual Wellness Fair at P.E.A.C.E., Inc., in Syracuse, where we had the great pleasure of meeting Toni Vadala, a Family Worker for P.E.A.C.E., Inc. As we were sharing stories about our agencies, Toni explained how Contact has been a positive influence in her family’s life ... read more


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