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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Rye Youth Council (RYC) is a nonprofit youth development organization that educates engages and empowers Rye's youth by teaching essential social and emotional life skills through classroom and experiential learning.
Social and emotional life skills help people find balance and focus, excel through transitions, and become strong, independent and resilient individuals. Social and emotional well-being and learning these life skills are essential to a happy and healthy life.
All programs and services address the five social and emotional learning core competencies:
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.
Sign up to hear from us about news and events for youth and parents.
Sharon Cammisa, Co-president
Lisa Ruderman Chen
Maureen Angelastro, Treasurer
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
RYC Employment Services Team (RYCES)
Laura Kovacs, M.Ed.
Ex Officio Advisors
M. Kim O’Connor, LCSW