BOSTON, Dec. 8, 2014 – Railroad Street Youth Project, a non-profit organization in Berkshire County with programming for youth ages 14-25, was the recipient of a $5,000 grant from the Mass Bankers Association Charitable Foundation this past December. The foundation, supported by the 170 member banks of the MBA throughout Massachusetts and New England, distributed the grants over eight geographic regions in Massachusetts, giving awards to deserving social service agencies.
The grant will help fund RSYP programs including the Drop-in Center, Youth Operational Board, Railroad Street Apprenticeship Programs, Jobs and Careers Initiative, Mentoring Program, Sexual Health Education Initiative, and Counseling and Advocacy Services. These programs serve youth in South County, meeting a need not otherwise met in this rural community.
“RSYP has earned the respect and support of the community,” said Rich Aldrich of Salisbury Bank in Great Barrington, who nominated the organization for this award, “For more than a decade it has had a proven track record of providing youth with resources to transform their lives – and they’ve been doing it with a very modest budget.”
“There are so many organizations with tremendous needs,” said James C. Lively, chairman of the MBA Charitable Foundation and president and CEO of Bridgewater Savings Bank, Raynham. “We are very fortunate to be able to help with these gifts to deserving organizations across the Commonwealth.”
“We are deeply grateful for the support of Salisbury Bank and the Mass Bankers Association Charitable Foundation.” said Ananda Timpane, Executive Director of RSYP, “It is a wonderful investment in our community and youth.”
About Railroad Street Youth Project
At Railroad Street, youth take the lead. They explore their full potential and become equipped to meet the challenging transition to adulthood. RSYP’s professional adult staff expertly pairs youth-generated ideas with community resources, empowering youth to create and oversee a wide range of innovative, life-changing projects. Unmatched in mission and scope, RSYP excels in helping youth find their voice and realize the benefits of their commitment to themselves and their community. RSYP serves 14-25 year old residents of Southern Berkshire County and the surrounding area with mentoring and apprenticeship programs, a sexual health education initiative, an all-youth board that funds innovative, youth-inspired projects and trips, job training and career counseling, and a drop-in center offering referrals, counseling, mediation, and advocacy services. Railroad Street Youth Project’s drop-in center is located at 60 Bridge St., Great Barrington, MA.
Read more about the grant, including a full list of award recipients here.