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. 

Due to the current Covid -19 Pandemic JYC is providing programming in a combination of online and in person activities.

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

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. You will be notified by Beth Bannister which programs your youth can attend.

Program Offerings:

What's For Dinner? ONLINE

Mondays-- January 11-February 22 4:30-6:30PM

Make dinner for your family! You will learn some basic cooking techniques, experiment with recipes, and then have dinner made for your family.

D & D/ Magic the Gathering ONLINE

Tuesdays--January 5-February 23. 4:30-6:30PM

Join us for either a D & D campaign, or for some games of Magic. There will be breakout rooms so you can choose which you'd like to attend. We will be giving you some tips as to how to best play Magic with people online as well.

Gaia Circle-- At the Ithaca Children's Garden

Wednesdays January 13- March 10. 3-5PM

Join Gaia Circle! Socialize, play, and learn in Winter at ICG!

Gaia Circle aims to reduce stress and increase connection to peers, to nature, and to yourself! Individual and group choices likely to include campfires, exploration, science, sitspots, birdwatching, daydreaming, and an openness to see where the day takes us...

We will be following all recommended health guidelines including wearing masks, keeping physically distanced, and being outdoors.

Gaia Circle in the Garden is for middle school aged girls of all kinds: those who love their girlness, those for whom girlness has never felt right, those who haven't thought much about what it means to be a girl, and those who are nonbinary, more masculine, or feel no gender limits. In addition to encouraging curiosity, respect and gratitude for the natural world around us.

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

Last updated December 30, 2020