Safe Harbor program Lilypad plans workshops on Tuesdays from March 22 to April 26

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 9 March 2022 at 2:08 pm

ALBION – A series of six workshops will start on Tuesdays beginning March 22 with a goal of instilling positive life skills to promote healthy relationships in a safe environment.

It’s part of a program called Lilypad being offered by the Orleans County Department of Social Services.

Lilypad is designed to reach children and older teens (12 to 18) who have been trafficked, sexually exploited, or who are at risk of victimization and to meet identified service needs of these youth, said Cyndi Stumer, deputy social services commissioner for the county.

Each week there will be a different presenter to educate adolescents and parents on sex trafficking and sexual exploitation.

DSS encourages anyone with an adolescent in the county to sign their teen up and encourage them to share with their friends. All adolescents must have a permission slip on file to attend. Anyone interested should contact Sharon Nenni at 585-589-3136 or for a required permission slip.

The workshops will be at Hoag Library, 134 S. Main St. in Albion from 4 to 6 p.m. on March 22, March 29, April 5, April 12, April 19 and April 26.