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Mentor for troubled teens
From GED programs to nature trips, Recreation Director
Ronnie Sesso makes a difference for youths from group homes.
enjoy the outdoors a lot and so do the kids," says the Coney Island native
and member of Local 299. The teenagers she works with live in group homes supervised
by the Administration of Children's Services. Thanks to her efforts, they participate
in an array of activities available in few schools.
feel that it's our responsibility to make sure these kids are prepared when they
leave the system," said Ms. Sesso. After working in group homes for 13 years
as a Houseparent and Local 371 member, she is very familiar with the problems.
"If you can provide them with some guidance and some opportunities, they
usually respond in a positive way," she said of the close to 50 teens that
participate in the program.
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