Please Support the RYC

Rye Youth Council engages, educates and empowers youth, strengthens family, and builds community.  We focus on promoting social and emotional life skills and mental well-being of youth in our community. 

We cannot do this without your financial support! 100% of your tax-deductible contribution supports the social and emotional health and mental well-being of the youth in our community.  

Upcoming Programs

Inside Scoop on Social Media - For Middle School Parents!


Parents: Apps and social media are a constant presence in your children's lives, and perhaps also constant pressure/stressor. If you want to know which apps your kids are -- or will be -- using, we invite you to join us for a chance to learn about the latest social media trends directly from the experts: the high school teens!   

Click HERE to learn more and sign up

Learn to shine before, during and after the interview!


 Teens - Hear from the Professionals Who are Hiring!

* Kathy Lynam (Sr.Program Director, Family, Camp & Childcare; Discovery & STEAM Camps, YMCA)
* Frannie Rochat (Bikram Yoga/Rye Brook)
* Sally Rogol (Superintendent, Rye Recreation)
* Rich Savage (Director, Shenorock Shore Club Summer Camp; and Osborn School Teacher)

Learn more and sign up here

Middle School Make a Grandfriend Program


 This is a fun and unique opportunity for your middle schooler to visit with senior citizens at The Osborn Retirement Community. Max 25 students per session -- we offer monthly sessions!
Participants are eligible for community service hours.  

For more information and to SIGN UP click here

High School Grandfriend Program


February 10th - Intergenerational Programming for High School Students

This is a fun and unique opportunity for your high schooler to visit with senior independent living residents at The Osborn Retirement Community.  Participants are eligible for community service hours.  

The Osborn will provide bus transportation, leaving Rye High School at 2:40, returning the students back to the high school at 4:10.  For more info and to sign up email Lisa, execdirector@ryeyouthcouncil.org

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 

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

Monica Brenner

Sharon Cammisa, Co-president

Allison Chader

Stephen Fairchild

Jonita Geelen

Elyssa Gray

Laura Kovacs, M.Ed.

Jackie Mazzili, Secretary

Jennifer Reisner, LCSW

Elena Sherman, Treasurer

Stephanie Spierings, Co-president

Elisabeth Thorington

Marnie White, LCSW

Daryl Woolsey


RYC Employment Services Team (RYCES)

Allison Chader

Kristina Dorfman

Laura Kovacs, M.Ed.

Cathy PiKassandra Souply

Elisabeth Thorington

Ex Officio Advisors 

Maureen Angelastro 

Lisa Ruderman Chen

M. Kim O’Connor, LCSW

Kassandra Souply

Ward Urban

Get Involved

Want to learn more? Volunteer?

Conveniently located on the second floor of the Rye YMCA

Rye Youth Council

21 Locust Avenue, Rye, NY 10580



Monday - Friday: 9am - 3pm EST