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The following is a republished press release Project Lead and NOT written by the Ithaca Voice … click here to submit community announcements directly to The Voice, or contact us at 

DRYDEN, N.Y. — Do you know a young person (13 or older) who is interested in working but not sure how to get his or her first job? Are you interested in getting your teenager involved in community service?

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Rural Youth Services and the Town of Dryden’s Youth and Recreation Commission are excited to announce that registration for Project Lead, a youth employment readiness program, is open. Project Lead brings together youth ages 13+ to engage in job search and employment skills workshops, team building, and service learning projects. At the end, the youth will receive a job readiness certificate, a gift card to a local organization, and other perks!  Each session of Project Lead consists of four days, Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. The program will take place in a different location with a different community partner each week. Our community partners include Camp Earth Connection, the TC3 Farm, and the Rails to Trails Project.

All programs are free and open to residents of Dryden, including residents of the villages of Etna, Freeville, Ellis Hollow, Varna, and Mclean. For more information and to register online, check out or call the program manager, Lexi Hartley, at Cornell Cooperative Extension at 607-272-2292. Questions can also be directed to Lexi at Youth are encouraged to register as soon as possible, as space is limited.  Though the program has started, there is still space available in some program weeks.

Featured image by Shelley Lester of Cornell Cooperative Extension.