Joint Youth Commission - Boynton; Rural Youth Services

Cooking class at Boynton Middle School, through RYS JYC program

Joint Youth Commission

Serving youth in the Town of Caroline, Town of Ithaca, Villages of Cayuga Heights & Lansing

In 2014, the Town of Caroline, Town of Ithaca and the Villages of Cayuga Heights and Lansing (JYC) joined together to form the new expanded Joint Youth Commission (JYC) to offer programs year-round for youth who live in these communities.

Programs are offered after school and during school breaks and the summer. 

These programs are open to youth aged 10 and up, and will follow CDC and NYS COVID guidelines

Summer Programs

JYC Youth Programs are enrolling for summer programs. These programs are open to youth aged 9 and up, and will follow CDC and NYS Covid-19 guidelines at this time.

Please note that filling out this form does not guarantee your youth a spot in programs. Group sizes are limited, and in order to give all youth an opportunity to attend, early registration may not ensure participation. Thank you!

Most programs meet Monday-Thursday from 9am-4pm. Please note the few exceptions. We may offer opportunities to swim at lifeguarded locations such as Myer's Point and Treman Park. Youth should bring swimwear and towels if interested in swimming. Since many of our programs are outdoors, we encourage youth to dress for the weather, bring extra clothes/layers, and lunch and a water bottle each day. Thanks!

June 27-30 Outdoor Adventures 9am-3pm at Hammond Hill State Forest. Nature Crafts, hiking, awareness activities, primitive skills and more.

July 5-8 Phenomenal Photographers--*Tuesday to Friday* 9am to 1:30pm meeting at the Ithaca Farmer's Market, with walking field trips. Explore Ithaca while learning how to take great photos. Youth photographs will be featured in a gallery they create at the end of the program.

July 11-14 Lake Life Monday-Thursday 9am-4pm at Myers Park in Lansing with Tuesday on the Floating Classroom, meeting at the Ithaca Farmers Market. Lake exploration, water activities, crafts, fishing and hiking.

July 26 - 28 Not-so BOARD Games Tuesday-Thursday 9am-1:30pm at Brooktondale Community Center (Old Fire Hall). Come play a variety of board games, create a board game and or play Magic, the Gathering. New and experienced players welcome--you just need to come with enthusiasm to play! Magic cube/drafts are a possibility.

August 1-4 DIY Summer Edition Monday-Thursday 9am-4pm at Myer's Point in Lansing. Do it yourself! We will have many craft activities of things you see you can make instead of buy. The last day will feature youth led activities--bring your wish list of favorite DIY projects!

August 8-10 Local Camping/Overnight Monday-Wednesday at the Arnot Forest. Go camping with JYC youth as well as Dryden and Lansing youth. There will be an additional paper permission form for this program--please contact Beth for more information.

August 22-25 Cooking! Monday-Thursday 9am-4pm meeting at Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCETC). Work in teams to cook savory and sweet foods, and eat the food together each day. We may walk to the Ithaca Farmer's Market at Dewitt Park or to a store to buy foods to cook.

August 29-September 1 Sky's The Limit 9am-4pm Monday-Wednesday, meets at Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCETC), with a variety of trips. Thursday will meet at a location to be determined for rocket building! Explore many aspects of flight, and go on some fantastic trips! Trips include Cornell Space Sciences, the Ithaca Airport, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and the Soaring Museum in Horseheads. 

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Beth Bannister
Joint Youth Commission Program Educator
(607) 272-2292 ext. 137 (Voicemail 229)

Last updated May 18, 2022