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GENEVA, NEW YORK – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FLWIB) announced today that February “Business of the Month” is Yates County History Center  recognizing the Agency’s efforts to build strong community partnerships along with their continuing contributions to the local economy.

The Yates History Center is one of the premier museums in the Finger Lakes. It is three museums in one – the Oliver House Museum, the L. Caroline Underwood Museum, and the Scherer Carriage House all adjacent to one another on Main Street and Chapel Street near downtown Penn Yan. There are extensive resources for genealogical and local history researchers and several displays and exhibits.

The Yates History Center has a long history of partnering with Finger Lakes Works Yates County by volunteering to be a learning rich work placement site for the youth program on an ongoing basis. Over the years approximately 50 youth have been placed there as a part of Finger Lakes Works Youth program including the program’s current, Youth Specialist & Career Counselor Loree Martin. In addition to providing effective mentoring around workforce preparation skills, they also encourage positive social and civic behaviors in the youth who join their team.  As a history/museum assistant, the youth are provided opportunities to learn many aspects of the organization; the physical operations including exhibit maintenance and artifact management.

“The Yates History Center’s commitment to mentoring youth in the workplace exemplifies the kind of dedicated partnership that communities need to help prepare and grow tomorrow’s workforce successfully.” said Karen Springmeier, Executive Director of the Finger Lakes WIB.