Upcoming Programs

New! College Coffee Chat


The Rye Youth Council COLLEGE COFFEE CHAT  program connects incoming first-year college students to upperclassmen on the same campus, to provide mentorship and ease the transition to college. This is an ongoing program. 

Rye College Freshmen click here

Rye College Upperclassmen click here 

Middle School Make a Grandfriend


This is a fun and unique opportunity for your middle schooler to visit with senior citizens at The Osborn Retirement Community on September 23rd. 

Max 25 students per monthly session.
Participants receive community service hours. 

Learn more or sign up here

So Now You Have a Cell Phone


Students, Parents & Caregivers:

Join us on October 7th for an informative evening on keeping kids safe and establishing guidelines for the respectful & happy use of their new cell phone. 

Learn more and sign up here

Scheduling Young Children: How Much Is Too Much?


Extracurricular activities: how much is too much?  Finding the balance between Too Much and Missing Out. Join RYC Youth Educator Jessica Lodato on Friday, September 27th for a candid discussion on the pros and cons of (over)scheduling your child(ren). Learn more and sign up here.

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.

Supporting Youth Through Transitions

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.

Meet our Youth Educator

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: 

  • 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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Conveniently located on the second floor of the Rye YMCA

Rye Youth Council

21 Locust Avenue, Rye, NY 10580



Monday - Friday: 9am - 3pm EST