The George Junior Republic

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In 1896, Osborne was asked to become a trustee on the board of the George Junior Republic, a self-governing youth colony. By the next year, he was elected President of the board – a position he held for almost 15 years. The George Junior Republic was established by William R. George, who had developed an interest in social work among small boys in the slums of New York City. In 1890 he took boys from NYC to Freeville, an area not far from Auburn. Initially, he was providing slum children a fresh air-type camp experience. The camp became a settlement and a fulltime living experience for many disadvantaged children, and gradually the George Junior Republic developed into an educational experience teaching disadvantaged youth how to accept and
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