Dryden Y.O.U.R.S - O.U.R.S. Participants

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Opportunity, Understanding, Respect, Success (O.U.R.S.) is a 4-H program for youth residing in or nearby mobile home parks in Freeville, New York. Every week, volunteers from Cornell University's Youth Outreach Undergraduates Reshaping Success (Y.O.U.R.S.) program work with the youth through mentoring, games, crafts, outdoor activities, and field trips.


O.U.R.S. is a community-based youth program of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County.

is a Cornell University Public Service Center program. Contact YOURS at: 300 Kennedy Hall - 2nd Floor, Cornell University, (607) 255-1148 or email 

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We are excited to welcome Patrick Lynch as the new Dryden OURS Senior Program Manager ! Fall programming is currently being planned. Programming opportunites will be posted on this page in the near future. 

Program Offerings

The O.U.R.S. & Y.O.U.R.S. after school programs are held at 4-H Acres on Lower Creek Road in Ithaca. Transportation provided at no cost for participating youth who live in close proximity to 4-H Acres. Contact program manager Patrick Lynch with any questions on this.

-Participants receiving transportation will be picked up from home between 4:00-4:45pm and dropped off at home between 6:30-7:00pm. Participants providing their own transportation should arrive at 4:45 and be picked up at 6:30 unless otherwise informed by the program manager.

-Fall programming runs from October 12—December 9. Participants are able to select from the following program days:

Monday Makers

Mondays October 18 - December 6

Ages 7-11

Embrace your inner artist! At Monday Makers, get ready for creative activities such as painting, pottery, jewelry making, drawing, music, woodworking, and printmaking with your mentor pals.

Exploration Tuesday

Tuesdays October 12—December 7

Ages 7 and up

Learn about and explore the natural environment with your Cornell Mentors through hikes, games, and various projects at 4-H Acres and other trails in the area!

Wellness Wednesday

Wednesdays October 13—December 8

Ages 7 and up

Do you like to get creative in the kitchen? Do you enjoy cooking and eating delicious, nutritious meals and snacks? Do you have energy for physical activities? Then sign up for Wellness Wednesdays, which are all about personal well being and self care.

DIY Thursday

Thursdays October 13—December 9

Ages 12-14

Explore your creative side through visual arts like film, television, photography and mural-making OR embark on a series of outdoor adventures. Thursdays will be designed by and created for the Middle and High Schoolers!

Register: Contact Patrick Lynch


Patrick Lynch
Dryden OURS Senior Program Manager
(607) 272-2292

Last updated October 22, 2021