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Posted on: February 8, 2024

Chemung County Youth Bureau Celebrating 50 years of Summer Cohesion

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50th Anniversary of Summer Cohesion


Chemung County Youth Bureau Celebrating 50 Years of Summer Cohesion

In 2024, Summer Cohesion will celebrate 50 years of recreational, educational, and cultural enrichment programming for youth and families in Chemung County.

In 1972, Hurricane Agnes and the infamous flood wreaked widespread destruction throughout Chemung County. It also emphasized the critical need for our community to conduct collaborative program planning for summer youth programs to better meet the needs of our children and families.

The Elmira City School District, along with seven key partners: the United Way, the City of Elmira, the Town of Southport, ARC, the Jewish Community Center, YMCA, and YWCA, all came together to meet that need. 1974, the program, now known as Summer Cohesion, was created.

From 1974 until 1976 Summer Cohesion was administered through the Elmira City School District. Summer Cohesion officially became a county program when it was placed under the newly formed Chemung County Youth Bureau in 1977. Although a county-operated program, Summer Cohesion still maintains its collaborative community roots.

Please stay tuned in the coming months as we plan to announce two celebratory events for the Summer. We hope Cohesion parents, participants, and staff from the past, present, and future join us to commemorate this milestone.

The Chemung County Youth Bureau looks forward to collaborating with all of our partners in 2024. Thank you all for your continued support!

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