Programming is Available for Ithaca Youth

Photo courtesy John Zachary of Silent shots and Steve Gallow of Steve Gallow Photography

Things are heating up at Ithaca Youth Bureau (IYB) in the month of May. The bureau is a public multi-service agency established in 1948, and 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. They serve more than 7,500 youth annually, aged 0-20 years, through a wide array of programs. Check out all of their spring and summer programming.

Run the Ithaca Mile on May 30

Registration is open for the Ithaca Festival Mile Race, which takes place on Thursday, May 30.

What: A straight, flat 1-miles run down Cayuga Street that kicks off the Ithaca Festival Parade.

Where: The run starts near the Ithaca High School tennis courts and finishes near Dewitt Park.  

Who: Anyone ages 5 and up is invited to participate. No strollers please.

You can register online at the Community Pass web site until 11 p.m. on May 29. Race-week registration is available at the Ithaca Youth Bureau from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 28 and 29. There will be no race-day registration.  If you register by May 12, you will receive an early-bird discount.


Kids can run, jump and throw at Junior Olympics

The Youth Bureau has partnered with the Ithaca High School track teams to host a Junior Olympics day for youth ages 5 to 12 on Saturday, May 18.

Participants can try out 100, 200, 400 and 800 meter runs, long and high-jump, shot put and discus at the Ithaca High School track.

The cost is $5 and registration will take place from 9 to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 18. Or you can register online through Friday, May 17.


Cass Park pool: Season pass deals this month!

Get a discount off of your Cass Park Pool season pass in the month of May.

If you purchase a season pass before May 31, you can save $10 on individual passes and $20 on family passes.

Passes are on sale now from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday at the Youth Bureau building next to Stewart Park or on the Community Pass website. Lap Swim is included in pool passes at no additional cost. Lap swim will be available on weekday mornings and 4 to 7 p.m. everyday.  You can find all of the details at the Cass Park Pool website.

In addition, IYB is giving away pool and bus passes to families in need. Those who meed the income guidelines for free and reduced lunch can contact Mike Blakely-Armitage at or by calling (607) 275-3208 for information and to apply.


Learn more about financial assistance for summer camp

Need help paying for summer camp?  Looking for child care over the summer months while your kids are out of school?

IYB is working with the Tompkins County Department of Social Services to host an information session about the Summer Camp Assistance Program.

The session will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, May 6 in the first floor conference room at the Tompkins County Department of Social Services, located at 320 W Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Ithaca.

Representatives from the Child Development Council, Tompkins County DSS, the Ithaca Youth Bureau and other area camps will be available to answer questions and assist with camp registration paperwork.

If you have any questions, please call Jody or Daleah at the the Ithaca Youth Bureau at (607) 273-8364.


Register for summer camps, swim lessons, theater classes and more

Registration is open for summer programs and camps.

Learn to Swim at Cass Park Pool in morning or evening classes.  We utilize the American Red Cross Learn to Swim curriculum.  You can learn more the Cass Park Pool website.      

There are still spots available in Cass Park and Stewart Park day camps, where kids will spend their days canoeing, sailing, doing archery, doing crafts, dancing, playing field games, acting, swimming and more!

Other summer recreation programs include theater, golf, tennis, art, music, sailing and more!  Read about all of the offerings at IYB Rec's website and register at the Community Pass website.


YES puts teens to work this summer

Youth Employment Service (YES) is currently accepting applications for our famous Summer Jobs Program. We will be putting roughly 180 teens to work this summer at over 70 different partner work sites.

Opportunities include working with kids and camps, on farms and gardens, in retail stores and offices and more! Teens must apply and interview by May 23. Space is limited, so apply early. To find out more about who qualifies for the Summer Jobs Program and how to apply, visit



Ithaca Youth Bureau
1 James L. Gibbs Drive, Ithaca, NY 14850

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