Great 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.
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.