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.

Current Program Offerings

Transportation is generally not offered, although contact Beth for possible transportation/car-pooling information. Late buses may be taken at Dewitt or Boynton at 4:30PM.

Youth should bring water bottles and snacks to programs. For outdoor programs, please be prepared for any weather. Thanks!

Dewitt Middle School--Magic(the Gathering) Club

Tuesdays 3:30pm-4:30pm 9/20 and 9/27 only, then 3:30-5:30pm 10/4-12/13.

This Dewitt Club with Ms Massa will be extended until 5:30pm starting 10/4. Beginner Magic Players are welcome--we can teach you to play, and we have decks to use in program. Experienced players can play 60 card, Commander and even cube draft!

Brooktondale Community Center--Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: the Gathering, and Board Games KICKOFF DAY

Wednesday October 5, 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Board Game and Magic youth are welcome for this all day program. This extra-long session is open to everyone grades 6 and up, even if you will not be playing D&D with us this fall. If you will be joining the D&D program at Boynton, this session will give you a boost so you can start playing ASAP.

Boynton Middle School--Magic: the Gathering, Dungeons and Dragons and Board Games

Wednesdays 3:30pm-5:30pm. 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/6, *NO PROGRAM 11/23*, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14

Join us for D&D, bring your Magic cards, or choose from a rotating selection of board games. We'll also have time to play Gaga ball, basketball, and other outdoor games.

Ithaca Children's Garden--Gaia Circle (for grades 6-8 with high school stipended mentor possibilities!)

Fridays 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, *NO PROGRAM 10/21*, 10/28, 11/4, *NO PROGRAM 11/11*, 11/18. 4:00pm-6:00pm

Gaia Circle returns this fall! We will be focusing on fall favorites such as pumpkin carving, celebrations of fall, and planting bulbs. Youth will have an opportunity to contribute to the long running fall festival, the Scarecrow Jubilee!! We will also have plenty of time for youth to connect with friends in the garden, lots of warm tea and snacks, as well as some time for meditation/mindfulness/yoga. And more great activities planned by staff and by youth!

We also have a few openings for past Gaia Circle participants to attend as mentors. There are a few stipended spaces available--please contact us if you would like more information.

Gaia Circle is a program run in partnership with several Tompkins County organizations. Check out their description below or head to for more information.

"Gaia Circle is for middle school aged grrrls of all kinds: those who love their girl selves, those who are uncomfortable with girlness, or 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 feel no gender limits at all. In addition to encouraging curiosity, respect, and gratitude for the natural world around us, Gaia Circle encourages the same attitude of exploration, respect, and care as we learn about ourselves with each other.

"Gaia Circle aims to reduce stress and increase connection to peers, to nature, and to yourself!

"Individual and group choices likely to include gardening, art, science, sitspots, birdwatching, daydreaming, and an openness to see where the day takes us."

Register Here:


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

Last updated November 2, 2022