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Posted on: July 20, 2020

GIAC is offering pop-up summer activities for Youth & Teens


GIAC is Offering Pop-up Summer Activities for Youth & Teens 

Our community is undeniably special. The generosity of its residents is uplifting and keeps the heart of the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) beating during these economically and socially challenging times. Thanks to this generosity and belief in our talents, we are happy to announce that with the Southern Tier opening up to Phase 4, GIAC will be launching, this week. a schedule of several summer activities for elementary youth going into first Grade through fifth grade, middle schoolers and teens.  We are also offering a summer jobs program for our teen population. 

About 3 weeks ago, a local resident and her family walked into GIAC and donated $21,000 because she was concerned that the children we serve won’t have anything to do this summer to keep them occupied. Last week we received a grant of over $100,000 towards summer activities. In addition, several community members have given to the extent that they could give. With this combined funding, we were able to re-instate several staff to work at GIAC to prepare and plan for some summer pop-up activities for the youth of our community. GIAC youth/teen program staff will lead fun activities that will run 2-3 hours depending on the activity, on select days for a small number of children in various age groups. Activities include dance, jump rope, step, arts and crafts, skateboarding, Let’s Read, youth leadership, nature-based activities, comic book creating, music, urban art, and a few supervised swim times at Alex Haley Municipal Pool with GIAC staff to name a few.

Once again the donor community of the amazing greater Ithaca community has stepped up to ensure that some of our most impacted families and teens could count on GIAC to deliver fun, safe and meaningful programs during this great time of uncertainty and struggle. The GIAC family cannot thank you enough for your generosity and willingness to help us meet our mission.

Please note, these activities are not childcare or full day summer programs. These are short activities that will provide an opportunity for the youth/teens in our community to have some fun after many months of being isolated at home with COVID-19 health safety procedures being implemented. Face coverings/masks will be required for all staff and participants and should a participant require a mask GIAC will provide one.

For more information, please contact Kerry Phillips or Travis Brooks at GIAC, 607-272-3622 or via respective email, or

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