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Ithaca Youth Bureau

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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: The Ithaca Youth Bureau strives to provide youth with the tools they need to build a successful life for themselves and change the world for the better. We believe that all citizens can be physically, mentally and spiritually healthy, and socially and civically engaged. 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.

Results: • Youth Bureau programs are offering new opportunities directly related to child health and fitness including: the upcoming Healthy Family Makeover Project 2013 in cooperation with the YMCA and Island Health and Fitness; a new competitive swimming program; Zumba at Cass Park Day Camp; and included Fingerlakes Naturals Vending into our concession offerings. •We improved accessibility to the Cass Park rink and swimming pool for people who use wheel chairs. •. We met our greatly increased fund raising goals for individual and business donations and increased the percentage of the overall Youth Bureau budget that comes from private community support. The Friends of the IYB have donated $20,000 to the IYB this year. Our programs continued to receive awards for excellence: • College Discovery Program received the Cornell University Town Gown (TOGO) Award. • Computer All Stars and Ithaca Youth Council each received a 2011 Signs of Sustainability Award by Sustainable Tompkins. • Our summer camp staff won the Excellence of Service Award through the Tompkins County Mental Health Association. • Recreation Support Services and the Recreation Department received the City of Ithaca's Diversity and Inclusion Award for 2012. • Seventy families received refurbished computers from the Computer all Stars program and 4200 pounds of tin and 63 monitors were recycled and diverted from becoming waste in the landfill. • The Outing Program Urban Rural Adventure Program completed its 4th year with 225 students participating in adventure activities in 2011; 95% of them said they made a new friend. • Paul Schreurs Memorial Program wrote and produced a play called Between a Rock and a Hard Place that premiered at the Kitchen Theatre to rave reviews. They were commissioned to perform the play for all the residents of the McCormick Correctional Facility. • In 2011 100% of seniors enrolled in the Paul Shreurs Memorial Program graduated high school, 100% of students that graduated in the previous three years attended college, 92% that graduated last year attended college. • The Youth Employment Service hired more kids than ever in subsidized summer jobs. They developed a successful collaboration with Downtown Ithaca Alliance to get teens customer service experience through work on local festivals, and started the Alternatives Federal Credit Union youth internship program. • Youth Council also hosted three candidate forums in 2011 and at each forum the candidates stated that it was the most organized and thorough forum they had attended. 345 teens participated in Youth Council program events, projects and trainings in 2011. Youth Council members met with local legislators 12 times during 2011. • Big Brothers Big Sisters decreased the wait time for girls on the waitlist dramatically. Match managers got matches more involved in community service and in group mentoring nights at the IYB. They partnered with the Birthday Wish club at IC to provide free birthday party packages to 4 children on their caseload. •We installed a solar hot water system for the Cass park main building/locker and restrooms.

Programs: The Ithaca Youth Bureau has served Ithaca's Youth for 60 years by providing a wide variety of recreation programs and youth services to promote health, happiness and well-being. There are 7,500 Ithaca area youth and their families who are served annually. Program areas include: sports leagues and lessons, expressive arts programs, summer day camps, after school programs, recreation support services, an outdoor adventure program,jobs and employment training for teens, a computer recycling program, a Big Brother/Big Sister program, tutoring and academic support, a stay and play program for tots, and sponsorship of community events. In addition, the IYB manages Cass Park, a municipal park featuring a picnic pavilion, two play grounds, 21 athletic fields, an outdoor aquatics center featuring Olympic and kiddie sized swimming pools, a skating rink and a two mile waterfront recreation trail.

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Rating: 5

The Ithaca Youth Bureau, and in particular the small staff of individuals who make up the Recreation Support Services have had a more profound impact on our family than any other program we have participated in with our children. As any parent with special needs children will tell you, you learn to appreciate the small things that come with every day. And every single day at camp here has brought incredible relief, joy and happiness to us as we have watched our boys interact and play with the campers and counselors. My family is eagerly looking forward to next summer!