Education & the Arts

  • Books For Babies: Starting the drive towards literacy from birth, YES funds a program to provide every baby born at the McMinnville Hospital with a new book, with a label explaining the many reasons to read to babies. Books are available in English and Spanish.  Encouraging reading at all ages, YES has also procured books to give to the newborn’s older siblings. YES hopes to expand this program to include the whole county.. This project is done in cooperation with Third Street Books and the Willamette Valley Medical Center.  YES is working with the county Literacy Action Committee to expand this program and promote reading skills. In 2013, YES found an opportunity to support literacy through the preschool years through a partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.  For $25 a year, Yamhill County children (ages 0 to 5) can receive an age appropriate book in the mail every month. We hope to expand this program in 2014.
  • Koncerts for Kids: Wanting to bring music enrichment and inspiration to public school students,YES started with the McMinnville School District and for two years has bussed all McMinnville third graders to the high school for a concert by professional musicians and high school students. YES hopes to expand this program to include fourth and fifth graders and to include students from all the school districts in Yamhill County