The Building Bridges Initiative is working on creating a communications  infrastructure across the county that helps us solve two problems:
1.   Ensuring that people (particularly in marginalized groups) get information that they need and access to information and resources.
2. Ensuring that their voices and perspectives are well-represented in decisions that affect their quality of life, life circumstances and life chances.
Contact Kirby Edmonds tfckirby@aol.com, 607-277-3401 if interested.
  • College Discovery Program (IYB)-15 (8 males) mentors needed 2 hrs/week contact: jmalcolm@cityofithaca.org
  • Big Brother/Big Sister (IYB) 60 (particularly males and males of color) jgibson@city of Ithaca.org
  • Golden Opportunity -30 tutors needed providing one-to-one tutoring, mentorship, advocacy; focus is on building skills in core academic subjects for grades 2-8 in ICSD contact: Kolby Harrell kolbyharrell@gmail.com
  • Mentor-Student Program CCE – 15 adult male-10 adult females mentors needed Contact: SusieKossack mskossack@yahoo.com
  • Paul Schreurs – 4 tutors Contact: msmith@cityofithaca.org
  • Village at Ithaca – 15 Tutors needed Contact: Karen Yearwood office@villageatithaca.org

Full details at: https://sspride.org/search-for-a-new-executive-director/

Requirements: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelors Degree and four (4) years of full-time paid administrative or supervisory experience working with youth, adults and/or families in a community, human service or recreation program, an educational environment or similar organization experience. ​OR Master’s Degree and two (2) years of full-time paid administrative or supervisory experience working with youth, adults and/or families in a community, human service or recreation program, an educational environment or similar organization; preferred Administrative and Early Childhood or Education degrees and or coursework.

Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae by Friday, January 31, 2019 to the attention of the Chair of the Southside Community Center’s Executive Director Search; Ms. Jamila Walida Simon, 305 S. Plain Street, Ithaca, NY 14850. If you have any questions please contact us at (607) 273-4190

The Village at Ithaca is looking for engaged community members and college students to help Ithaca area students reach their academic goals during this academic school year. This volunteer opportunity is a once or twice weekly commitment, totaling 1-3 hours per week for a short period of six weeks or longer, from beginning January 2019.

How can you help? Become an Achievement Coach (tutor) who engages students in their academic development by:

(1) encouraging them to see themselves as capable learners,
(2) working with them to increase their understanding of key concepts in their courses,
(3) supporting them to always give their best effort,
(4) connecting with them to build trust and comfort,
(5) helping them to identify their strengths so they can use them more productively,
(6) increasing positive peer support for academic success.

To volunteer contact Maimouna Phelan, coordinator@villageatithaca.org or by phone at (607) 256-0780.

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The Tompkins County Youth Services Department is happy to announce we are continuing our Pitch Program in 2019! This Program has allowed us to re-imagine how we fund our local non-profits.

Achieving Youth Results (AYR) was launched in 2016 to set community goals and hear directly from those served how they would like to see programming and services implemented throughout Tompkins County.
Using this information, the board and staff of Tompkins County Youth Services Department are excited to continue with the 2019 AYR Pitch Program to be held on March 13, 2019.

The Program will pair selected non-profits with community coaches to share their ideas to make the community goals happen, pitch the ideas at the non-profit pitch event, and possibly receive funding, from $500 to $5,000, to pilot or expand a program in 2019 that supports the work of AYR.

For more information, details, and criteria on applying for the Pitch Program please go to http://tompkinscountyny.gov/youth/AYR

Questions – please feel free to contact Theresa Albert at talbert@tompkins-co.org or Bridgette Nugent at bnugent@tompkins-co.org

The Vector Network Program at Tompkins-Cortland Community College supports students in the first year of college with peer mentoring and extra activities before and during the semester.

Learn more about the Vector Network at TC3 at:


Applications for the First Year Program are due by August 1, 2019.

Applications for the Summer Institute are due by May 1, 2019.

Key Responsibilities:
• Support Program Coordinators and Program Leaders in the running of afterschool programs and activities which include:
• Direct service to youth, including tutoring, counseling/coaching, leading and facilitating teambuilding activities, assisting with discipline and management of group dynamics and maintaining safety for all during program activities
• Supporting, supervising and guiding tutors and other volunteers in their work with program participants
• Distributing snacks, gathering and putting away program equipment
• Ensure participants get to the bus or van for transportation homeCommunication with parents or guardians as necessary
· Substituting for program leaders as needed at after-school program activities including homework clubs and enrichment/team-building sessions
· Driving tutors or participants to or from an activity, which would include driving a IYB vehicle (typically a 15 passenger van)
Skills needed: strong interest and ability in working with middle and high school age youth; high comfort level with medium to large groups, strong verbal and communication skills and must be reliable.
Hours:  Basic hours are Mon, Wed & Thurs, 3 pm – 5:00/5:30 pm.  Tues 2:30-5/5:30 It is typically a 10-15-hour workweek.
Pay Rate: $15.11 per hour
Contact: Johara Malcolm PSMP Program Coordinator JMalcolm@cityofithaca.org or Linda Cimakasky Barr CDP Program Coordinator at LCbarr@cityofithaca.org both coordinators can be reached by calling 273-8364.

Women Building Community (WBC) Grants are allocated by the City Federation of Women’s Organizations (CFWO) as it strives to act as catalyst for the improvement of the lives of all women and girls in Tompkins County, thus making a contribution to the community as a whole. Guidelines for all WBC Grants are available at www.womenbuildingcommunity.org . Questions can be directed to grants@womenbuildingcommunity.org
Applications for another WBC Innovation Grant up to $10,000 are due by March 15, 2019.
Innovation Grants are for “Big Idea” projects that will have a significant impact on women and girls in our community. Special consideration will be given to new projects for which funding has previously not been available, and for existing projects for which additional funding will have a major impact. The project awarded in May 2019 should be completed by May 31, 2020.

Project areas considered for WBC Grant funding address needs and opportunities that improve the quality of life for area women and girls. One of the following criteria must be addressed: Community Development, Education, Health, Human Services, and Activities that address Gender Equity.
In addition, CFWO offers WBC Unexpected Needs Grants up to $1,000, a rolling-application grants opportunity to help not-for-profits fund unexpected needs or emergencies. 

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