CCMR continues to strengthen its efforts to reach underserved youth through our growing relationship with the Ithaca Youth Bureau (IYB). Located in Ithaca, New York, the Youth Bureau serves primarily African-American and low socioeconomic children in the Ithaca area. CCMR began its involvement with the Youth Bureau in the summer of 2004. Since then, our ongoing collaborations have been growing to include several of the Youth Bureau’s programs with hopefully more to come.
After School Programs: CCMR provides monthly after school science programs for the students at the bureau. The first of these programs, held in March 2005, was led by Post-doctoral Fellow Catherine Oertel on the science of music.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters: In February 2005, CCMR began monthly Saturday afternoon programs with the Big Brother/Big Sister program at the Bureau. Presenters for this program have included Professor Lynden Archer (Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering) and his research group, who presented modules based on polymers, mixing solutions and surface tension to the children and their mentors, and Professor Juan Hinestroza (Fiber Science & Apparel Design) and his research group who presented a module on density and buoyancy.