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.

#givingtuesday is a week away + we’re celebrating by highlighting Cara Michaels, one of our two incredible YOB interns! Cara co-facilitates our weekly Youth Operational Board meetings at the Drop-In Center. When Cara is not at YOB you will find her rollerblading, writing, or perfecting her martial arts skills. Go Cara!


New: Parent Support Group at RSYP

RSYP is hosting two ongoing groups to help parents support teens and young adults. These bilingual groups, led by Jaime Cooper, our new Parent Group Facilitator, are specifically designed for parents who live in South County and have children between the ages of 13 and 25 who use substances.

Group learning is based on the Invitation to Change (ITC) approach created by CMC:Foundation for
Change. The approach provides perspectives and skills to help you encourage your loved one towards recovery while increasing your own wellbeing. To find out about ITC visit:

Weekly in-person meetings will be held at the Drop-in Center at 60 Bridge Street every Monday beginning October 18th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Participants will be required to wear masks in the building.

Online meetings will occur every Wednesday on Zoom beginning October 20th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Email for the link.

Come to either or both meetings at any point – whenever works for you, and for as long as it’s helpful!


Take a look at this amazing find from the archives!

In the early 2000’s an intergenerational group of women came together to create the Body Project. The goal was to address body issues through the art making process. Their process was planned and executed by many of the young artists involved.

RSYP Body Project

In case you missed it… Our virtual culinary cook along
event is on youtube! Watch/click below:

To help keep our community healthy, RSYP DROP-IN is open by appointment only.

We are here for you(th), our programs are happening. Check here for program updates!



The Youth Operational Board meets every Tuesday at 4! For more information or the zoom link reach out to or We can’t wait to hear about your ideas!


Mentoring is currently recruiting for our 1-on-1 mentoring program. Click here to apply today. For information about group mentoring at RSYP, including the BIPOC youth group, Talk About It or the new high school group forming or any other questions you may have reach out to Mica for more information at


Queer and Questioning youth club is using zoom for all of our meetings, and we welcome you to join us! Ages 14-25, who live near or in the southern Berkshires. We meet weekly to check in with each other, and hear some RSYP/community updates. Coming up soon is a LGBTQ movie night! Please reach out to Regina for more information at or 413-717-1098.


Apprenticeships are up and running online. For more information about upcoming January apprenticeships, please reach out to Molly at

And as always, feel free to contact us at with questions you may have.



To get involved, join a meeting on zoom! Reach out for a zoom link:


-The RSYP team