Dryden Youth Opportunity Fund (DYOF) encourages philanthropy and uses these gifts to support our youth by providing grants for programs and activities offered in both school and community based organizations. The DYOF began in 2003 with the sole purpose of funding enriching opportunities and experiences for Dryden area chidren. Through the generosity of many individuals and businesses the DYOF has been able to provide over $190,000 to 289 different programs enriching the lives of children in our community.
The DYOF is a volunteer led charitable organization recognized by the Internal Revenue Service under tax code section 501(c)(3).
Current Board members include:
Patricia Ard Geoff Dunn Erik EshelmanJulie Faber Tom Harkenrider Deb HoltzEvan Kurtz Kathleen Murphy Lyndsi PrignonDean Russo Barney Schug Randy StewartPaul Streeter Tiffany Strickland Eric Toftegaard
Previous Grant Recipients
4H Kicks Cooking Program
Tompkins County 4-H runs the “4-H Kicks” (Kids in Charge of the Kitchen) program to help youth build basic food preparation skills, gain knowledge of nutrient function and availability, ingredient function in recipes and how to plan a meal for family and friends. The DYOF is proud to regularly provide funding so this programming is available to Dryden Youth
4H Sewing Program
4-H is Sew Fun is an afterschool program led by mentors and volunteers teaching youth sewing skills and knowledge about fabrics and garment care and also important life skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, self-responsibility, and cooperation. The DYOF is proud to provide funding to Tompkins County 4-H in support of this program.
The Floating Classroom on Cayuga Lake provides middle-school students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills defining questions based on real-life problems, collecting, analyzing and interpreting data, and developing and communicating explanations based on the data.
The Dryden Games provides student athletes ages 5-21, classified with either a physical or cognitive disability, the opportunity to compete against peers with similar abilities. The Games are designed to promote physical fitness, a positive self-image and confidence in youth athletes faced with unusual challenges.
Guest Author Visits
DYOF has provided funding for numerous guest artist and guest author visits across all grade levels, but particularly in the elementary schools. Below artist Regi Carpenter performs songs and skits for kindergarten students from all three elementary schools. Visits like this bring to life stories taught in language artists and provide opportunity for the children to make personal connections.
The Dryden Elementary School PTA has hosted the Jr. First LEGO League for kids ages 6 to 10. The kids explore real-life scientific challenges and uses LEGO elements to construct motorized models of what they learned. Participants learn about teamwork and the wonders of science and technology.
Southworth Library Reading Programs
Southworth Library has used DYOF funding to run many different reading programs for kids of all ages. These programs expose children to exciting literature enhancing language skills and giving children a chance to engage and share with others in fun activities bringing to life the stories read.
Music Guest Artist Series
Music teachers have used DYOF grant funding to bring guest artists in to give workshops and performances to students at all grade levels. These opportunities help instill a life-long love of music and inspire students to develop their skills. Pictured below is the Fall Creek Brass Band, a group that includes many Dryden alumni, performing with the Dryden Elementary Band.
Ways To Give
Dryden Youth Opportunity Fund capital is mostly from community members like yourself. You have the opportunity to impact and enhance the lives of Dryden area youth. All contributions to the DYOF are tax deductible. It is with gratitude that we seek your support for this worthy effort to help area youth. Please consider writing a check to DYOF or having your group dedicate a fundraiser to this purpose. DYOF sends a fundraising letter once a year, usually in November, requesting donations.
"It takes dedicated people, devoted time, and donated dollars to solve problems."- Ken Blanchard