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 summer programming in a combination of online and in person activities. In the online part, we will go over instructional material that will be relevant to the next day's program. Beth will also be collaborating with her co-workers who lead youth programs in Dryden, Lansing, Trumansburg, Enfield, & the Danby. We will all be together for the Zoom meetings, so that we can share our knowledge as instructors and allow our kids to interact with youth from other places in the county (at least virtually!). For our in person meetings, we will meet separately within our towns.

To register for the programs below please contact Beth Bannister at the email address provided. 


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.

Also note that parents must attend a Zoom meeting before the programs, for a full brief on program plans and safety guidelines. This info will be sent out after registration is confirmed. Alternative accommodations will be made for parents who cannot attend.

Program descriptions

Online ONLY Program:

August 4-6 Cooking at Home!

Tues, Wed, Thursday 10am-12:30pm ONLINE

IN Person Programs:

Tues: 9am - 1pm (In person) AND 3pm-4:30pm (Online)

Wed, Thurs: 9am - 1pm (In person Only)

August 11-13 Lake Life-- Meets at Myers Point Park, Lansing

August 25-27 Outdoor Adventures and Primitive Skills--Meets at the Park Preserve, Caroline

September 1-3 DIY/Maker Space!--Meets in the large Pavilion at the Brooktondale Community Center, Brooktondale.

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

Last updated August 3, 2020