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

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Dryden O.U.R.S.

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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Program Offerings

2022 Project LEAD

Are you a leader? Ready to prepare for your first job? Do you love your hometown and want to make it better? Do you feel like you have skills and energy and are looking for a place to apply them. Look no further for that opportunity to put your abilities to use and have some summer fun! Project LEAD brings together middle and high school age youth living within the town of Dryden (including the villages of Varna, Freeville, Etna, Mclean, and Ellis Hollow). Together, we have fun, learn more about our community, and develop important workplace skills for a first-time job.

Each session, we will engage in community service projects, workshops, and recreational activities. At the end, participants will receive a gift certificate to a local business, an "Employment Eligibility" certificate, and other cool perks!

Each session is limited to 10 participants. Program registration is first come first serve so sign up early.

Programs run Monday thru Thursday with drop off at 9:30 AM and pick up at 4:00 PM at Montgmery Park.

Session 1:

TC3 Farm & Southworth Library


July 11-July 14 @ TC3 Farm

July 18-July 21 @ Southworth Library

Learn and be a part of what it takes to bring food to the table! In week 1 we will see the production side of the food industry by helping with the farm operation at TC3 farm, assisting with the growing and harvesting of nutritious organic vegetables.

In Week 2 of this session, we will embrace our inner bookworms and head to the Southworth Library. We will have the chance to help out with some of the Library's summer programming, as well as work on some beautification projects at one of Dryden's most historic community landmarks.

Session 2:

Dryden Summer Camp & Dryden Rail Trail/O.D. von Engeln Preserve at Malloryville


August 1 - August 4 @ Dryden Summer Camp

August 8 - August 11 @ Dryden Rail Trail/O.D. von Engeln Preserve at Malloryville

Week 1 of this session of Project LEAD is your chance to give back to youth younger than you and help guide them along their path.We will assist the summer camp with games, crafts, lunch and more!

Week 2 of this session will take us out to the trails and conservancies that protect and preserve some of the amazing ecological landscapes in Dryden.For one week of Session 2, we will help clear parts of the Dryden Rail Trail and help maintain the O.D. von Engeln Preserve at Malloryville.

Session 3:

Varna Community Center & 4-H Acres


August 15 - August 18 @ Varna Community Center

August 22 - August 25 @ 4-H Acres

Week 1 of this session will bring us out to the Varna Community Association where we will brush up on some trail-building skills and work on some projects at the Varna Community Center.

In Week 2, we will help beautify and maintain a space that is an important meeting place for the local community at 4-H Acres.

Learn more and register


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

Last updated May 26, 2022