Our programs support the social  emotional health and mental well-being of children, teens and young adults in our community.

Youth transition programs


Transitions can be stressful at any age.  Helping our children, teens and young adults become aware of triggers that cause them stress, and sharing skills to cope with those triggers, provides timeless skills. Created for  students, parents, and caregivers, the following programs offer a platform for open discussion, bringing insights and pertinent information to the forefront of these exciting and crucial periods of transition. 

College Transition: You Got In . . . Now What?

Getting ready for college is more than finding a roommate and deciding on a meal plan, or shopping for sheets. Research shows that many students struggle to adjust to campus life.   This program is offered each year for high school seniors and their parents/caregivers.  Our team of experts and panelists provide insights, highlight solutions, and empower students and parents to successfully navigate the transition to college.  

Middle School Transition: I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now

The Inside Scoop from People Who Have Been There!  This panel discussion and Q&A with local middle school students and their parents provides an opportunity to hear firsthand the insights and experiences of kids in 6th, 7th and 8th grade , and their parents, who talk about their transition to middle school. 

We engage, educate & empower OUR YOUTH



Youth Employment & Independent Life Skills

As early adulthood approaches, an increase in separation between parent and child naturally begins. The following programs provide teens with control over decisions in their lives, while knowing they are supported and guided to make good choices. 

  • Rye Youth Council Employment Services (RYCES) support teens in finding full and part-time jobs year round
  • Life/Work Skills Workshops provide teens with crucial skills, such as interviewing for a job and creating a resume.
  • Career GPS broadens teens perspectives on career choices based on their personal strengths, interests and passions.

After School Community Service and Leadership

Pre-Adolescence (Gr. 6-8) - Adolescence (Gr. 9-12) is the perfect age to encourage and guide children to make a commitment to genuine human interaction and to be in community with others. Socially and emotionally, our programming increases self-esteem by providing an opportunity to empower this age group to make a difference and be heard.

Social and Emotional Development Programs  

Transitions: Helping our children become aware of triggers that cause them stress, and brainstorming skills to cope with  those triggers provides timeless skills. Programs held for middle school, high school and college. 

Healthy Relationships:  Socially  and emotionally, children begin to separate more from their parents as  they are either getting ready to, or are transitioning into the “larger  world.” During this stage it is important to encourage children to feel  confident in themselves and their values, trusting their decisions to  avoid risky behaviors and relationships. 

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From childhood through young adulthood we want to help children feel good in their own skin and to be able to appreciate and value their own differences. We nurture them through various anxieties and help them manage and alleviate the stresses that come with them. Early on we educate youth by establishing expectations and setting boundaries and, when necessary, implementing the appropriate consequences. Balancing children’s need for autonomy with the need for parental supervision can start as early as the toddler years and truly never ends, because parenting never really ends, it simply shifts. RYC programs provide parents and caregivers with great exposure and resources to help children through some of the more prominent transitions in their development.

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Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum
Our community wants the best educational experiences for our kids, who face increasing pressure to perform in an increasingly complex world. The Rye Youth Council supports children, teachers and parents in teaching social and emotional life skills to children in the classroom.

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The Rye Youth Council (RYC) is a nonprofit youth development organization that educate,s engages and empowers Rye's youth by teaching essential social and emotional life skills through classroom and experiential learning.

We as a community provide the best for our kids, as parents we are driven to provide the best for our children. Social and emotional life skills are the glue that holds everything together, helps people to find balance and enables them to take advantage of life’s new opportunities. 

We believe that a child’s social and emotional well-being and learning these life skills are essential to their success. They provide the emotional strength that children need to find balance and focus, excel through transitions and become strong, independent, and resilient adults. 

All programs and services address the five social and emotional learning core competencies: 

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Management
  • Social Awareness
  • Responsible Decision Making  
  • Relationship Skills

For over 50 years, the Rye Youth Council has worked to empower the youth of our community  to encounter the world with compassion and confidence.                                      

Board of Directors and Staff



Lisa Dominici, Executive Director, execdirector@ryeyouthcouncil.org

Jessica Lodato, Youth Educator, jlodato@ryeyouthcouncil.org

Board of Directors

Sharon Cammisa, Co-president

Lisa Ruderman Chen

Maureen Angelastro, Treasurer

Allison Chader

Stephen Fairchild

Beth Gallos, MA, CAS, Co-president

Laura Kovacs, M.Ed.

Jackie Mazzili, Secretary

Jennifer Reisner, LCSW

Stephanie Spierings, Co-president

Jonita Geelen Westheim

Marnie White, LCSW

Daryl Woolsey


RYC Employment Services Team (RYCES)

Allison Chader

Kristina Dorfman

Laura Kovacs, M.Ed.

Kassandra Souply

Elisabeth Thorington

Ex Officio Advisors 

David Bluvol

Kristin Jautz

M. Kim O’Connor, LCSW

Kassandra Souply

Ward Urban

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Rye Youth Council

21 Locust Avenue, Rye, NY 10580



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