RSYP to Hold Annual Spring Apprenticeship Celebration on April 9th

LogoGreat Barrington, MA…..Railroad Street Youth Project, a community-based youth development non-profit, is holding its annual Spring Apprenticeship Celebration and Dinner on Wednesday, April 9 at John Andrews: A Farmhouse Restaurant in South Egremont, MA. The evening will showcase the work of Railroad Street Apprenticeship Program (RAP) participants and their mentors. The money raised will support youth-inspired projects and activities, and sustain RSYP community programs and services.

The annual “Farm to Spring Table” 5-course tasting menu will be prepared by students participating in RSYP’s Culinary Arts Apprenticeship Program, who will be mentored in the planning and preparation of the meal by Program Mentor Chef Brian Alberg of The Red Lion Inn, and participating Chefs Dan Smith of John Andrews: A Farmhouse Restaurant and Daire Rooney of Allium. This dinner is the culmination of their eight-week apprenticeship with Chef Brian Alberg at The Red Lion Inn.

Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased online at www.rsyp.org or by contacting the RSYP Office at 413-528-2475. For questions and additional information, contact Maxine Carter-Lome at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

The Railroad Street Apprenticeship Program was launched in 2006 to match the inspirations of young people to the resources of the community. RAP meets the unmet vocational and educational needs of South Berkshire youth and prepares them with skills for gainful employment. Over 150 young people from South County have participated in one of RSYP’s Apprenticeships over the years in Culinary Arts, Cosmetology, Photography, and Massage Therapy, gaining valuable skills and experience and, in many cases, a job opportunity with a local area business.

About Railroad Street Youth Project

Founded in 1991, RSYP empowers young people by supporting the creation of youth-generated activities that promote self-worth, responsibility and intergenerational respect and communication. We serve 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 where we offer referrals, counseling, mediation, and advocacy services.

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RSYP to Host Mentor Orientation & Forum, December 2

RSYP to Host Mentor Orientation and Forum

Great Barrington, MA, November 12, 2013……Railroad Street Youth Project will be hosting a Mentor Orientation and Forum for interested community residents looking to learn more about Mentoring and how empowering youth strengthens our community. The event will be held on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 6:00 PM at the RSYP Drop-in Center at 60 Bridge Street in Great Barrington

Passionate adults who want to share their interests and skills with a younger person, youth workers & volunteers, and all youth allies are welcome to attend. This event is free and open to community adults interested in learning more about becoming a Mentor. Food and drinks provided.

Mentoring youth is a top priority at Railroad Street Youth Project (RSYP) and within the South Berkshire community. Inspirational, engaging, and dedicated adults from the community enhance intergenerational friendships and life aspirations. Youth, 14-25, and adults are matched in their shared interests, compatible in their idea of “fun.” Matches meet/connect for 1 hour a week, anywhere in the community, doing the things they both love to do. The Mentor Orientation and Forum is a chance to discuss the new mentoring program, and exchange ideas about how it can have the strongest impact for youth and adults alike.

Find out more about the RSYP Mentor Experience at rsyp.org. Alex would also enjoy your dialogue at (413) 528.2475, or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

About Railroad Street Youth Project

Founded in 1991, RSYP empowers young people by supporting the creation of youth-generated activities that promote self-worth, responsibility and intergenerational respect and communication. We serve 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 where we offer referrals, counseling, mediation, and advocacy services.

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RSYP Annual Culinary Celebration December 9th

Culinary LogoRailroad Street Youth Project will be holding its Annual Culinary Celebration on Monday, December 9, 2013 at the Route 7 Grill in Great Barrington.

The evening will include a wine and hors d’oeuvres hour featuring a cheese tasting with Matt Rubiner of Rubiner’s Cheesemongers, and then a 4-course gourmet tasting menu prepared by students in RSYP’s Culinary Arts Apprenticeship Program. The students are being  mentored in the planning and preparation of the meal by Chef Brian Alberg of The Red Lion Inn,  and participating Chefs Dan Smith of John Andrews: A Farmhouse Restaurant, Daire Rooney of Allium, Rachel Hunt, and Host Chef Christophe Jalbert of Route 7 Grill.

Tickets are $125 per person, with proceeds and donations supporting RSYP youth development and empowerment programs and activities. Tickets can be purchased online at www.rsyp.org and by contacting the RSYP Office at 413-528-2475. For questions and additional information, contact Maxine Carter-Lome at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

The Railroad Street Apprenticeship Program (RAP) was launched in 2006 to match the inspirations of young people to the resources of the community. RAP meets the unmet vocational and educational needs of South Berkshire youth and prepares them with skills for gainful employment. Over 150 young people from South County have participated in one of RSYP’s Apprenticeships over the years in Culinary Arts, Cosmetology, Photography, and Massage Therapy, gaining valuable skills and experience and, in many cases, a job opportunity with a local area business.

This year’s Culinary Celebration is made possible by our Event Supporters:

 Investors

RBC Wealth Management

Underwriters

David & Beverly Hosokawa

Barbara Schulman

Hayley Sumner/Berkshire HorseWorks

Sponsors

Autobahn Service

Berkshire Co-Op Market

Haupt Tree Company

Barbara & Roger Manring

Wheeler & Taylor

Supporters

AJA Risk Management

Amy Rudnick & Ben Hillman

Anonymous

Berkshire Property Agents

Brian Tobin & Bill Short

Caren Mercer & Mark Rosengren

Evergreen Fine American Crafts/Barbara Watkins

The Chef’s Shop

Timpane Construction

 

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RSYP Receives Mass Mentoring Grant

Railroad Street Youth Project Awarded Mentoring Matching Grant of $8,000

Mass_Mentoring_Partnership_-_smallOctober 2013 – Railroad Street Youth Project (RSYP) announced it has been awarded a Mentoring Matching Grant of $8,000 from the Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP), a statewide organization fueling the movement to expand quality youth mentoring to meet the needs of communities in Massachusetts. RSYP is one of 26 mentoring programs throughout the Commonwealth to receive a Mentoring Matching Grant.

Funding for the grants stems from the Mentoring Matching Grants line item in the Governor’s budget through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. It was funded at $350,000 for FY14. It is unique in its use of private-sector support, as grantees are required to match, dollar-for-dollar, the total amount awarded with cash or in-kind resources.

RSYP’s Mentoring Program assists young people to gain self-esteem, a sense of responsibility, and improved interpersonal skills when family and school are not able to provide them. By facilitating one-on-one interest-based matches, youth are provided opportunities to increase their self-confidence and ability to make responsible choices while improving their communication with adults and expanding professional, educational and personal horizons. MMP’s grant will be used to support a full time Mentoring Match Coordinator to increase the number of matches the program can support. The funds will also be used to support an initiative to integrate culturally competent practices into the program and increase RSYP’s ability across all programs to meet the needs of marginalized youth.

“We are excited about what the MMP grant means to the development of our Mentoring program,” says Ananda Timpane, executive director of Railroad Street Youth Project. “They are young people who are slipping through the cracks and the positive support they receive from a caring adult is enough to tip the balance in their lives to make a real difference for the better.”

Funded programs are awarded through a competitive RFP process and community review administered by MMPR, and receive training, technical support and mentor recruitment assistance from MMP.

“We are thrilled to award Railroad Street Youth Project with a Mentoring Matching Grant,” MMP President and CEO Marty Martinez said. “This critical funding will allow RSYP to support their matches with quality-based, research-driven practices and resources that ensure youth are given every opportunity to develop into productive, successful adults.”

Across Massachusetts, Mentoring Matching Grants will create and support 1,000 high-quality matches – 200 more than last year. It will also support existing matches, leading to improved mentee grades, attendance and attitude towards school, which in turn leads to increased graduation rates, and a better-prepared, more skilled sect of entry-level workers.

About Railroad Street Youth Project

Railroad Street Youth Project   (RSYP) was founded in 1999 to empower young people by supporting the creation   of youth-generated activities that promote self-worth, responsibility and   intergenerational respect and communication. RSYP provides programs,   activities, mentoring, and support services for youth ages 14-25 in South   Berkshire County. For more information about RSYP’s Mentoring program contact   Alex Lenski, RSYP Mentoring Coordinator, at 413-528-2475.

About Mass Mentoring Partnership

Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is fueling the movement to expand quality mentoring for youth to meet the needs of communities across Massachusetts. MMP serves more than 200 mentoring programs statewide supporting 30,000 youth in mentoring relationships. For more information: www.massmentors.org.

 

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