Yancey County began programming for the Spring 2019 Empowering Youth and Families Program on Monday, February 18th. This was the third family cohort to participate in EYFP in Yancey County. Each family participates in a twelve session program that is designed to strengthen their relationships and empower them to lead community change. Families also take part in a weekend retreat at Black Mountain YMCA Assembly in May, where they learn community action planning and create a vision for opioid misuse prevention in their community.
Tres was a champion of the Empowering Youth and Families Program and a strong leader for the work of Extension in Yancey County. As the first Cooperative Extension Director to adopt EYFP, Tres believed strongly in the work of EYFP which he described as the most important work he had ever done for Extension. Tres worked for Cooperative Extension for 17 years, as a Family Consumer Science Agent, 4-H Agent, and as a County Extension Director. Prior to Extension he worked ten years with The Crossnore School, a Children’s home, as a resident counselor, social worker, and as Director of Development.