RYS Fishing

Lansing Fishing Derby

Joint Youth Commission - Boynton; Rural Youth Services

After-school cooking class at Boynton Middle School through JYC

Dryden & Enfield group, 2014; Rural Youth Services

Dryden & Enfield youth relax after a hike with Rural Youth Services

Joint Youth Commission - DeWitt, Rural Youth Services

Vegetable gardening at DeWitt with the JYC program

Rural Youth Services

Youth who live in the communities of Ithaca, Caroline, Danby, Dryden, Enfield, Freeville, Groton, Lansing, Trumansburg and Ulysses can enroll in free or low-cost programs offered through Rural Youth Services (RYS). Since 1995, Rural Youth Services (RYS) has provided a place to try new things and to belong by offering engaging activities after school and throughout the summer. Programs are free or low cost to participants.

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Rural Youth Services

Rural Youth Services offers a variety of fun, interesting programs for youth who live in communities across Tompkins County. Find a program near you!

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Dave Hall (right) at hike, 2014, Dryden & Enfield programs; Rural Youth Services

Dryden RYS

Middle school aged youth in the Dryden area can enroll in school-year and summer programs with 4-H Educator Dave Hall.

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YOURS and OURS program participants, Dryden Rural Youth Services, O.U.R.S.

Y.O.U.R.S. & O.U.R.S.

Cornell University student volunteers provide youth in Freeville mobile home parks with mentoring, games, crafts, outdoor activities, and field trips.

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Legos at Lansing RYS program

Lansing RYS

Lansing Rural Youth Services offers year-round programs for middle school youth, after school, during school breaks and during the summer.

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Shelley Lester
Rural Youth Services Coordinator
(607) 272-2292 ext. 141

Last updated April 17, 2018