Our programs support children's successful journey to adulthood

Workshop for College Aged Kids: Gain Control and Confidence Over Your Financial Future

Don't miss this hands on, informative session that will cover topics such as: Life's Little Money Hacks*Good vs Bad Debts * When to Start Saving * Retirement Plans * Credit Scores * Emergency Funds * and More! 


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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 and workshops provide teens with control over decisions in their life 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 summer job and creating a work resume.
  • Career GPS broadens teens perspectives on career choices and options based on their personal strengths, interests and passions.

After School Youth 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 programing 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 transitions to 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 behaviours 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 exists to educate, engage and empower 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 offered by the RYC 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.                                       

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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