Jeanne Wiltberger and Mario Miranda Sazo, from Penn Yan, along with their daughters, Keuka and Maihue Miranda Wiltberger have welcomed 12-year-old, Yuka Kanamori into their home for a one month stay this summer. The Miranda Wiltberger family is one of 16 New York State families taking part in this opportunity made possible through the 4-H Youth Development program.
The NYS 4-H Japanese Exchange program is an initiative of the New York State 4-H Office at Cornell University, in cooperation with County Cornell Cooperative Extension offices around the State. The 16 Japanese youth, ages 12-15, arrived at the Syracuse International Airport on Friday, July 21 and connected with host families from all corners of New York State the next day. The Japanese youth will stay with the host families who have a child the same age and sex until Aug. 17. New York is hosting nine Japanese girls, seven boys, and one adult chaperone. The 16 Japanese delegates departed from Syracuse Saturday, July 22, after an arrival and welcome event with the host families at the Embassy Suites in Syracuse. The host families are located in 14 New York State Counties from Western New York, the Finger Lakes region, the Adirondacks and the Hudson Valley.