Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County has announced a significant development for its 4-H program, having received an ONYA grant to enhance youth art programming. The Ontario/Yates Fund for Women and Girls (ONYA) focuses on empowering women and girls through philanthropy, supporting educational and economic self-sufficiency programs.
The awarded grant, totaling $4,894, is set to invigorate the Yates County 4-H program in 2024. This funding will allow for a collaboration with the Art Studio @ 126 Main in Penn Yan, offering at least 10 affordable art classes for Yates County 4-H members. After a successful partnership in 2022, the program’s continuation is fueled by positive feedback and high participation rates.
These art workshops, which will also be open to adult family members, aim to foster family involvement and strengthen youth-adult relationships. The project supports the local art studio run by Crissy McGinnis and Macy Hall, focusing on nurturing creativity and self-confidence in both youth and adults. The Yates County 4-H program, part of the nation’s largest youth organization, reaches over 1,400 young people annually, promoting life skills in various areas, including arts and crafts. For more information, interested individuals can visit Yates County 4-H’s Facebook page or their website.
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