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 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.

The Youth Operational Board provides a space, financial resources, and opportunities for young people to experiment organizing events, planning trips, being community leaders, and so much more. Meeting are Tuesday's from 4-5pm.
[We Are...] a safe space.
[We are...] committed to empowering youth!
Looking to learn a new skill? Railroad Street to the rescue! Join the Railroad Street Apprenticeship Program and explore the worlds of culinary, photography, coding, theatre, and more! Contact for more info!
[We Are...] a community.
[We Are...] positively ‘down with it’.




We’ve got the top 5 questions for 2 new staff members at RSYP. Learn all about them here:

Chris Tucci, Director of Empowerment

1. How did you find RSYP? Sara Katzoff, a Great Barrington native, alerted me to the opportunity. She loves RSYP and thought the job description was a perfect fit. I agreed and contacted Ananda and Kamal that very day.

2. What’s the first thing you do when you get home from work? My family and I raise and train dogs for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. When I get home, we spend time outside playing with our current trainee, Neutron.

3. What was your childhood nickname? Tooch.

4. When was the last time you laughed really hard? During a recent sexual health education training in Boston, we laughed a lot. We had a great group and we pretended to be obstinate adolescents during our practice lessons. It was hard to stay in character!

5. What are you working on right now? We have an abundance of applicants for the Culinary Program. I’m working to get an additional site ready so that every interested youth is served. There’s still room if you’re ready to learn some new skills! Contact me at email hidden; JavaScript is requiredfor more information.

Sabrina Allard, Mentoring Coordinator 

1. How did you find RSYP? I found out about RSYP when I moved back to the Berkshires with my family a few years ago. RSYP was one of the first places I walked into in town. It made me feel like we found the right area to live in when I saw there was a strong focus on empowering the young people in town. At the time there weren’t any positions open. However, this summer, my friend Amillie reached out and told me about the Mentor Coordinator postion. I applied immediately.

2. What’s the first thing you do when you get home from work? First thing I do is greet our 10 month old puppy, Bella. She waits for us at the door, excited to jump up and say “hi”.

3. What was your childhood nickname? Family friends starting calling me Pinky from an early age because I went through a stage of only wearing pink. I wrote a blog with that name because it reminds me to honor that inner, spunky kid who unabashedly wore bright pink every day. When I need to step up and into my fullness, I turn to Pinky.

4. When was the last time you laughed really hard? Yesterday. I live with a family full of comedians, they can usually get me laughing until my eyes start watering.

5. What are you working on right now? The Mentoring Program is getting a makeover. We’ve been hand selecting some great mentors in the community who bring an eagerness to share their skills and life experiences. The mentor candidates we’ve met with have such powerful stories and they’re ready to listen to others. They’re authentic and have a learned how to hurdle some big obstacles in their lives. We’re currently looking for youth, ages 14-25 who are looking for a mentor in their lives. Contact me at email hidden; JavaScript is required if you’re interested in become a mentor or being mentored!

Welcome, Chris and Sabrina! We look forward to seeing great things from you!