Youth Services

Ithaca Youth Bureau

The Ithaca Youth Bureau (IYB), a public multi-service agency established 1948, provides a broad variety of recreation and youth development programs to promote the health, happiness, and well-being of all youth and families in the greater Ithaca area. We serve more than 7,500 youth annually, aged 0-20 years, through a wide array of programs including: 

  • A tot stay-and-play program
  • Academic support
  • After school programs
  • Job and skill training and subsidized employment for youth
  • Lessons
  • Recreation mainstreaming services
  • Sports leagues
  • Summer camps
  • Theater workshops
  • Tournaments

In addition to recreation and after school initiatives that serve the general youth population, our youth development programs do strategic outreach to economically disadvantaged and under-served youth.

We help prepare youth to live successful lives as adults by providing a variety of recreation and youth development opportunities that will help youth develop to their full potential. We lend support to discouraged youth who are struggling to find their place in the world. We help our program participants understand that all people have a place in this world and together we can create a better tomorrow.

IYB, 1 James L. Gibbs Dr.

Tel: 607-273-8364


Joint Youth Commission

The Joint Youth Commission (JYC), comprising members from the Villages of Lansing and Cayuga Heights and the Towns of Ithaca and Caroline, recommends the use of municipal funding for youth programs and prioritizes two broad areas for building skills in middle school and high school age youth:

  • First-time youth employment (including career exploration, building job skills, and paid youth jobs) and
  • Youth development and life skills.

The JYC currently funds The Learning Web, Cornell’s Cooperative Extension, Ithaca Youth Bureau’s Youth Employment Service, and the Coddington Road Community Center Camp.


Lansing Youth Services

Lansing Youth Services (LYS) is a non-profit organization that depends on the support and generosity of our community to continue to provide educational and interactive after school programming free of charge to middle school youth in Lansing.

Lansing Youth Services programs take place at the Lansing Middle School. Programs are held after school, during school breaks and throughout the summer. Program topics are many and varied and include everything from nature themed programs, Iron Chef, Funky Furniture, Lake Life, Legos, Digital Photography and Dungeons and Dragons, plus many more. 


Contact: Travis Judd


Tompkins County Youth Services Department

For information about youth resources available through the Tompkins County Youth Services Department, click on the following link:

TCYSD – County Resources for Our Youth

Summer Camp Guide

The Tompkins County Youth Services Department is pleased to bring you the many summer camps in and around our area. This  information can be found on the County web site at:


Town of Lansing, Recreation Department

The Recreation Department offers softball, baseball, wrestling, gymnastics, art, and much more.

Recreation Supervisor, Patrick Tyrrell

29 Auburn Rd., Town of Lansing

Telephone: 533-7388 (ext 17)



The YMCA has a schedule for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

Contact: Frank Towner, CEO