Launched in 2006, the Railroad Street Apprenticeship Program (RAP) matches the inspirations of young people to the resources of the community, creating a successful model of community collaboration.
RAP is designed to meet the unmet vocational and educational needs of South Berkshire youth and prepare them for the workplace. Over 450 young people from South County have participated in one of RSYP’s Apprenticeship programs, gaining valuable skills and experience and, in many cases, a job opportunity with a local area business.
All apprentices are FREE! They run 6-8 weeks, from 3-5PM one day per week. RSYP offers rides. Individual apprenticeships are also available, just let us know what you are interested in!
RSYP’s signature culinary arts program has two host sites: The Red Lion Inn Apprenticeship is led by Chef Brian Alberg, accompanied by mentor Chefs Dan Smith of John Andrews, Daire Rooney of Allium, and Adam Brassard of The Williams Inn.
The Firefly Culinary Apprenticeship is led by Chef Zee Vassos, in Lenox, MA.
Students learn the skills necessary for gainful employment in award winning kitchens. At the conclusion of the term, students work with their mentor chefs to design, prepare, and present a gourmet tasting menu to showcase their skills to family, friends, and the community.
The Photography Apprenticeship is taught by Jocelyn Vassos of Lovebird Studio in Lee, MA. Jocelyn works with apprentices to teach them how to use a camera, how to manipulate photographs, and create beautiful artwork. She takes the apprentices all over South County- in town, on hikes, to beautiful spots she knows about- to create an interactive adventure every time the group meets each week. Apprentices develop a project over the 8-week period, which culminates in an art show open to family, friends, and the community!