Parks Department Hosts “A Safe H.O.M.E.” Weekend for Young Men at Burnet Park

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Commissioner Lazarus Sims of the City of Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation, and Youth Programs announced today that the Department will host the first-ever “A Safe H.O.M.E.” Weekend for Young Men this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Burnet Park.

“We are pleased to offer this unique opportunity because we need to ensure our young men are given role models at an early age and are given the tools to make positive decision,” said Lazarus Sims, Commissioner of the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Youth Programs. “I look forward to welcoming these young men to Burnet Park this weekend and thank our partners from across the City of Syracuse who made this possible.”

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This program will invite young men, ages 8 to 14, for a two-night, three-day program with a variety of programs promoting educational enrichment, team building, and mentoring with the goal of creating a generation of young men who are emotionally, socially and economically strong to eventually become leaders and providers.

Friday evening’s program features a listening session in which various community leaders will listen to the young men discuss some of their challenges and concerns they face, as well as a mini-camp offered by the Syracuse Strong semi-pro football team.

Saturday will have the young men engaging in various athletic activities, including the new Challenge Course, all with the aim of promoting fitness and giving them the chance to interact more with each other. The camp will wrap up on early Sunday afternoon.