The Rye Youth Council -
                      Fostering Healthy Development in our Youth

Dear Friend,


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


The Rye Youth Council Mission Statement


The Rye Youth Council is a non-profit organization working in partnership with the schools, parents, and community to ensure that all students in Rye are given the guidance to develop the strength of character to become resilient and responsible members of society.

We do this by creating a variety of programs for children and adults that address the current and emerging needs in our community.

Our Youth Advocates offer support and activities that foster positive behavior, encourage the development of social and emotional skills, and challenge students to see the world beyond themselves.

We seek to engage parents and the community at large to create positive goals and to provide a safe, caring environment for young people.

It is our belief that together we can provide a strong foundation for all the students of Rye.



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