What has the Rye Youth Council (RYC) done for your child lately? We’re glad you asked! Here are a few highlights of what we’ve been up to:
Laying a strong foundation. Our Elementary School Advocate Kristen Salov visited every third and fourth grade class in the District for at least ten weeks and worked with the children on social-emotional issues like friendship, respect, and how to stand up for oneself. She also added sessions at the other grade levels and helped during recess.
Developing social awareness. Sara Braun, our Middle School Advocate, brought together students from Rye and Port Chester to volunteer at a local food bank. This created a unique and meaningful opportunity for the teens to get to know their peers from our neighboring community. In addition to running her “Mission for Girls” club, Sara helped organize the RMS spring expo “And Justice For All” – a day of workshops that opened the eyes of many adolescents to the needs of those different from themselves.
Building emotional confidence. Our High School Advocate Casey DeCola facilitated her popular clubs, exposing many students to the world beyond Rye. Throughout the year she addressed difficult teen issues like stress, body image, eating disorders and substance abuse through educational programs, school-wide displays, group work and individual counseling.
Creating a healthy framework. In response to concerns over teenagers’ exposure to drugs and alcohol, the Rye Youth Council organized a panel discussion that took an unflinching look at underage substance use. More than 700 students and parents attended, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. And, as a result of last year’s Community Conversations, the RYC was instrumental in bringing to life the Rye Civility Initiative, whose focus is a more caring and respectful community.
At a time of increasing academic demands and rising enrollment, our programs are more important than ever to the social and emotional well-being of our children. Please don’t hesitate – donate today! Your generosity will make a real difference. Thank you!
Lisa Dominici Faries Judy Secon
President Executive Director