FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, February 11, 2013  

Third Annual 'Cuse Spot to Run Programming for Local Youth

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Jill Leonhardt
‘Cuse Spot, a student-run community service organization, will be running its third annual program at the Wilson Park Community Center. The program will take place Tuesday, February 19 through Friday, February 22nd. Students will be conducting their own specialized courses ranging from jewelry making, Tae Kwon Do and ice-skating to several introductory language courses to music making and drama. There will be also be a cooking class each morning, which will prepare the daily lunch that will be served to all youth and volunteers. Classes will run from 11:00-1:00 p.m. and 2:00-4:00 p.m.

The focus of this program is to allow Syracuse University students to reach out to the community beyond campus through their individualized skills and talents. The program gives students the ability to design and run programs for the Syracuse youth, ranging from elementary through middle school age. Through these abilities, students become key players in Syracuse University’s mission - Scholarship in Action, by serving a community in need through their strong academic and civic engagement.

Director of the Public Affairs Program at the Maxwell school of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Professor William D. Coplin said, “Cuse Spot at Wilson Park is not only a fun, week-long, experience for the community center kids, but also a wonderful way for talented university students to give back in terms of their own interests and personal experiences, all year long. The 'Cuse Spot encourages a broader and revitalized relationship so that both groups can learn from one another.”

The ‘Cuse Spot is being sponsored and funded by the Public Affairs Program in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs including a grant from the Co-Curricular Fund at Syracuse University.

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The Maxwell School of Syracuse University is a leading academic institution in the United States committed to scholarship, civic leadership, and education in public and international affairs. Maxwell is home to Syracuse University’s social science departments and to numerous nationally recognized multidisciplinary graduate programs in public policy, international studies, social policy, and conflict resolution. Maxwell's graduate program in public administration -- the first of its kind in the nation -- is ranked consistently the leading graduate public affairs program in the country.