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 Bridgette Nugent, Interim Director
 320 West MLK Jr./State Street
 Ithaca, NY 14850
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2019 Pitch Program


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.
See the Full Application for more information, details, and criteria to submit an application for the Pitch Program
Applications are due Friday January 4, 2019. 



How well are Tompkins County youth really doing? 


How will we know when are youth are doing better? or worse? 


The work of Achieving Youth Results is bringing our community together to develop an action plan for the Tompkins County community to more fully support youth and their families. 

Achieving Youth Results  tracks countywide indicators or data allowing us to build an action plan to support youth as we attempt to reach six goals.  While there are no perfect indicators to measure how well young people are doing, this is an opportunity to showcase how the work of various community partners makes progress toward a set of community goals.  By tracking indicators and exploring the story behind the data we will be better able to see what additional or changing supports our community may need to achieve the youth results we desire. For more information on the AYR process please visit this presentation provided to the Tompkins County Legislature. 

All funding provided to youth service agencies by the Tompkins County Youth Services Department is provided to agencies that are contributing to reach the AYR goals and improve the indicators. Please click on one of the following goals to see the community indicators and how agencies funded by Tompkins County Youth Services are contributing to the achievement of their success. To better understand how the agency report card works, please view our sample here.

The indicator data were updated in July, 2018.

Community– Tompkins County will provide children, youth, and families with healthy, safe, and thriving environments

Economic Security– Children and youth will live in an economically secure community

Education– Youth will leave school prepared to live, learn, and work in their community

Engagement– Children and youth will demonstrate commitment to their community as contributing members of their families, schools, and neighborhood

Family– Children will grow up within safe environments

Physical and Emotional Health– Children and youth will have optimal physical and emotional health

2018 Providing Resources for Achieving Youth Results

The work of Achieving Youth Results brought our community together to develop an action plan for Tompkins County which may more fully support youth and their families. Through over seventy sessions our community spoke clearly about ways to build on current success to provide further opportunities for young people to thrive. As the community experts we now reach back out to you to make these ideas a reality.

In the spirit of innovation and growth, the Youth Services Department hosted a community-wide AYR Pitch Contest in February of 2018.  This was an opportunity for Tompkins County non-profits to compete for funding “Shark Tank” style. Those competing were matched with community coaches, leaders in the community that could support and help prepare the non-profits presenting. To read more about the Pitch Contest, visit 19/almost-pitch-perfect/ for the featured article in Tompkins Weekly by Jamie Swinnerton.

Pitch Contest Results

  • Ithaca Underground: $5,000
  • Greater Ithaca Activities Center: $4,000
  • Just Play Project: $3,600
  • Youth Farm: $1,500
  • Weave: $1,600
  • Enfield Community Council: $1,200
  • Alcohol & Drug Council: $1,200
  • YMCA: $1,900

View the 2018 Pitch Program One Page Report