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Mr. Anthony R. Gullo

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Executive Director

The SoZo Teen Center
 
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SoZo Teen Center Director Anthony ...
www.wdt.net, 20 Oct 2010 [cached]
SoZo Teen Center Director Anthony R. Gullo, who will become an employee of the Children's Home, will manage the facility.
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Mr. Gullo said he is excited about the opportunity that the Children's Home and the foundation have given the teen center.
SoZo Teen Center Executive Director ...
www.wdt.net, 23 Nov 2009 [cached]
SoZo Teen Center Executive Director Anthony R. Gullo said the teen center will "absolutely" be open Nov. 30.
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To be able to stay in the downtown area was a big plus," said Mr. Gullo, who pointed out that a number of teens walk from their homes to the center.
At its new location, the teen center will have several computers connected to the Internet, a pool table, video game systems and a fully operational kitchen.
Mr. Gullo said he is looking to use the kitchen not only to serve dinner to the teens, but also as part of a culinary arts program. He plans to invite local restaurant owners and staff from the culinary program at Jefferson Community College as guests to teach teens cooking skills.
"We're looking to be a program-driven center," he said.
Through programs teaching teens marketable skills, including the culinary program as well as a multimedia program made possible by a grant from the Department of Social Services, Mr. Gullo said, the teens can become more competitive in the work force.
"When they get out there in the job market, we want them to know what they're doing," Mr. Gullo said.
About 35 to 40 teens had been going to the teen center every day, Mr. Gullo said.
Starting next week, the center will be open from 2:30 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday for teens ages 13 to 19.
Mr. Gullo, a softball coach at Immaculate Heart Central, promotes fitness and partners with the Watertown Family YMCA to allow the center's teens to use the Public Square facility.
The teen center also encourages students to study through its student zone, a daily 30-minute period devoted to homework or reading, Mr. Gullo said. The center will have a library for teens to borrow from if they forget to bring homework.
"We're placing academics as a priority," Mr. Gullo said. "Some kids don't have strong leadership at home. Some aren't even going to school. We want to have resources to help them, too."
Mr. Gullo said his directorship at the SoZo Teen Center has seen the creation and enforcement of a student policy and a code of conduct, asking teens to respect the center's resources and each other. The new rules have promoted a more comfortable atmosphere for the center's patrons, he said.
"They don't feel threatened," Mr. Gullo said.
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Anthony R. Gullo, executive director of the SoZo Teen Center, sits Sunday in the center's new location in the Marcy Building on State Street in Watertown.
The program's new director, Anthony ...
www.wdt.net, 19 June 2008 [cached]
The program's new director, Anthony R. Gullo, said the program's biggest challenge is getting the word out about the new leadership and locale.
Mr. Gullo, the softball coach at Immaculate Heart Central School, took over the directorship in October.Since then, he has helped guide the center's move and has implemented policy changes.He said the center will begin working closely with the Watertown City School District in the fall to create an attendance policy.
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That is the center's mission, Mr. Gullo said.
"It's really part of what we want to do here," he said."We want to help these kids and put them on a solid foundation for them to live."
While the number of teens who attend the center has dropped since the move earlier this month, Mr. Gullo said he has a "core of participants."
He estimated that he gets between a dozen and 20 visitors each day, which has dropped from an attendance of 35 to 40 patrons.
Mr. Gullo said summer programs should help draw teens.The center was awarded three grants from the state Department of Social Services to fund a culinary program, teen pregnancy awareness and job training.
The expanded kitchen at the church will help implement the program, he said.
"It is our aim to continue to create an environment by which a teenager can plug into our programming and become equipped to be a leader to those in his/her sphere of influence as well as growing into a young adult that can contribute to our community," Mr. Gullo wrote in an e-mail to community leaders earlier this month.
The funds will piggyback with $15,000 the center was awarded by the Northern New York Community Foundation earlier this month.That grant is also for summer programming.
"The people are believing in us," Mr. Gullo said."Now we need to plug the kids into these programs to show that this really makes a difference."
With no municipal funding, the center has relied on private donations and grants to stay open.It has suffered a rash of financial instability in the past 18 months after annual funding evaporated.
Mr. Gullo said when he interviewed for the job, the program's board of directors was considering closing the center.
"They were on the fence," he said."It really was close."
Even though the teen center is located in a church, Mr. Gullo said the two will remain separate entities.
"It's important that they know we're not a part of the church and we're not going to preach to them," he said.
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Trevonte J. Castille, 15, Watertown, plays pool Wednesday afternoon with Anthony R. Gullo, director of the Watertown Teen Center, now called Sozo.
"We didn't make plays, and the ...
www.wdt.net, 28 May 2010 [cached]
"We didn't make plays, and the errors in the first inning created a little bit too deep of a hole to climb out of," IHC coach Tony Gullo said.
The church agreed earlier this week ...
www.wdt.net, 29 May 2008 [cached]
The church agreed earlier this week to allow the center to move into the bottom floor of the Public Square church, said Watertown Teen Center director Anthony Gullo.
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"It's going to be a great move," Mr. Gullo said."There's a ton of room, nice office space and a full-service kitchen.That's something we didn't have before."
The program moved its possessions and is now storing them in the church.It should take about two weeks to organize everything and set up phone and Internet hookups, Mr. Gullo said.
The teen center has suffered from financial instability in the past 18 months after grants it had previously received ran dry in 2006.Other potential partners have been wary about adopting the teen center because of the costs that would be incurred.
Last summer, the program was operating on less than $8,000 a month.
"We're a little bit better now," Mr. Gullo said.
The center is using a combination of program-based grants and private funding to stay afloat.It will begin offering culinary courses when it reopens, using funds from an unspecified grant, Mr. Gullo said.And private fundraising has picked up.
"The last eight to 12 weeks, we've gotten a good response," Mr. Gullo said.
The teen center and church have worked out a "maintenance agreement" through which the center will pay for the heat, electricity and water costs incurred from it using the building.
"It's not a money-making operation," the Rev. Mr. LaBouf said."They're going to pay for only their expenses."
The center's programming will not take on religious overtones and will be separate from the church, Mr. Gullo said.
"We let these folks know that we can't change the standard of what we are, and what we do, because we're stepping into a church building," he said."They've been great about that."
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