What We Do

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.

APPROACH

Railroad Street was created to ask youth a simple question: What do you want? A decade later the organization has a proven track record of providing youth with the resources to channel their energy, creativity and idealism in order to transform their lives.

ACCESS

Railroad Street does not judge youth, creating an atmosphere where young people from all walks of life are welcome. Connections are made casually at the drop-in center and programmatically through apprenticeships and mentoring. RSYP matches its wide range of constituents with a wide range of services, as needs and interests emerge.

CHALLENGES

Despite the natural beauty of the Berkshires, youth are nevertheless confronted with complex social challenges. Understanding that substance abuse, neglect, isolation, lack of available transportation, and other systemic challenges will never disappear, Railroad Street creates a life-affirming community of peers and intervenes by equipping youth with choices, resources and support structures.

COMMUNITY

Railroad Street’s operational mission prioritizes building bridges with local schools and businesses. Now in its second decade, the organization has won the respect, support and participation of residents, volunteers, and civic and elected leaders.

MANAGEMENT

With smart, resourceful management and responsible stewardship, Railroad Street makes exceptional use of its modest resources. Because RSYP is such a lean organization, greater support will have an exponentially greater impact on the lives of the region’s young people.