Member Spotlights

Ithaca’s Youth Entrepreneurship Market (YEM)

Ithaca's Youth Entrepreneurship Market

During the summer of 2016, Isabella and Amila Mazza created their most successful lemonade stand of their young entrepreneurial careers. From their success they were anxious to explore how they could expand their lemonade stand to new markets in the community. Through their inquiry, Ithaca’s Youth Entrepreneurship Market (YEM) was born.

The mission of YEM is to inspire Ithaca’s future business leaders through a hands-on learning experience. YEM provides entrepreneurship workshops about idea generation, business planning, financial planning, and marketing, supported by local entrepreneurs inspiring students with their success stories and one on one coaching. Local entrepreneurs who have supported the program include: Emmy’s Organics, Firelight Camps, Lively Run Goat Dairy, DSP Shows, Nikki Green, Erica Marx Coaching, Grand Design, and more to come in the future.

After the training, students showcase their businesses at a youth market at Press Bay Alley, as well as the Thursday Night Farmer’s Market at Steamboat Landing. The program is made possible by local financial support from the Lane Family Fund of the Community Foundation; venue support from Press Bay Alley, REV & Cornell’s eHub; as well as sustainability support from New Roots Charter School. Co-founders Michael Mazza and Ethan Ash are grateful for all of the community support.

The Metal Smithery

Elaan Greenfield in The Metal Smithery

For Ithaca native Elaan Greenfield, making jewelry was once a hobby – her first studio was a

$15 desk from a thrift shop – and is now a more than full-time endeavor. Aside from designing

and making jewelry for sale, she wanted to create a metal arts school and maker space for the

whole community. Elaan sees metalsmithing as an art form and as an empowering outlet for

everything from creativity to stress relief.

 

In September of 2018, Elaan opened The Metal Smithery and began teaching at the area’s only

metal arts school, that is one of only a small handful in New York. Elaan is excited to share her

love of metal arts with beginners and beyond to foster a thriving local community of

metalsmiths. She wants her classes to be accessible to as many people as possible by offering

sliding scale fees and collaborating with local organizations to host special events for groups,

such as youth and people that are grieving.

 

The Metal Smithery and the studio of Elaan Greenfield Designs (www.elaangreenfield.com) are

located at the South Hill Business Campus, 950 Danby Road, Suite 30. You can find

information about classes, workshops, and more at www.metalsmithery.com.

Buffalo St. Books

Buffalo Street Books is one of the only community-owned, cooperative bookstores in the country. When the prospect of losing our only general interest new bookstore in downtown came to the community’s attention in early 2011 the people rallied to save the store, knowing that independent bookstores are a sign of a vital, literate, engaged community.  As a co-op it is part of their mission to not just sell books but also to serve the community, so they work extensively with Tompkins County Public Library, various school districts in the area and the Family Reading Partnership to make sure that great quality books are in the hands of everyone. Buffalo Street Books also hosts a variety of literary arts programs including readings, book clubs and even a monthly competitive storytelling event through their non-profit affiliate, Buffalo Street Bookmarks!

The store has made several recent changes, including a major reset of the interior, which will allow them to participate in Gallery Night and make the bookstore an even more beautiful and exciting place to spend time, meet friends old and new and enjoy the power of a great book. Read more at www.buffalostreetbooks.com

Ithaca Children’s Garden

The Ithaca Children’s Garden (ICG) is one of a kind; you won’t find another place like it anywhere on earth. Come see for yourself!

This unique 3-acre public garden, designed by and for kids from the Ithaca community, is free and open to the public, dawn to dusk, 365 days a year. Welcoming all is Gaia, the extraordinary turtle. She symbolizes our connection to the earth, this unique place, and Ithaca’s First People.  Yet Gaia is just the beginning of what there is to explore. Come walk the 3-season bulb labyrinth, nibble from the edible garden or play in the unbelievable Hands-on-Nature Anarchy Zone.

Innovative, research-based education for sustainability is vibrantly woven through all ICG programs:  summer camps, school breaks, after school and pre-school programs, seasonal workshops, family programs and special events such as International Mud Day, Scarecrow Jubilee, Fire & Ice Festival and Ithaca’s first obstacle course, the Tough Turtle.

Permaculture, play-work and child-directed learning are cornerstones of the Ithaca Children’s Garden approach, along with a commitment to an inclusive environment that values and respects diversity of culture and identity.
Local collaborations, such as the ICG-GreenStar Partnership for Healthy Kids, maximizes service to this community. ICG has been honoring the whole child and fostering environmental stewardship since 1999. Ithaca Children’s Garden is just south of Cass Park on Rt. 89. It’s your garden. Enjoy it! ithacachildrensgarden.org