Our drop-in center is open Monday from 3-5pm and Tuesday-Friday from 3-7pm. Youth host weekly drop-in clubs and meetings on the following days:

MONDAY– Art Club 3-5p, Writers Club 3-5p

TUESDAY– Youth Operational Board meeting from 4-5p,Every other week, we have Intergenerational YOB. Please reach out to for more information on intergenerational YOB dates and times.

WEDNESDAY– Club Book 4-5:30p

THURSDAY– Adventure discovery 3-5, Game Night 5-7p at the Drop-in Center and Q-Club (for queer and questioning youth) 3:30-5 at The Great Barrington Mason Library

RSYP’s first Youth Board meeting of 2017

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Sean talks about his experience!

Last month, Sean McTeigue, and Michelle Kaplan were funded by YOB to attend a fermentation conference by Sandor Katz at the Rowe Conference Center. I asked Sean a few questions about his experience.


What was your experience like at the fermentation conference? My experience at the fermentation festival was very cool. There were 30 people, all different types of people, and it was always kind of a conversation, or discussion. Lots of time to ask questions. Basically what I learned about fermentation is that you can’t mess up. That there is an endless amount of things you can ferment. Endless possibilities.

Were you the youngest person there? Yes!

What was that like? It was swell, it was like there wasn’t really any age there, it was a cohesive body of folks.

What was your favorite part? My favorite part; of course doing the little fermentation exercises was really exciting. There were lots of cool things, we would all hold hands and sing some song that I never knew, and I was about to explode from laughter, moments like that. It was just cool to be out there, expanding my knowledge.


Have a conference or training you want to attend? Looking for more young people to attend with you? Come check out YOB on Tuesday afternoons (4-5PM)

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DIY Shampoo!

DIY Shampoo:

Matteo baratta-senza



There are things in life we just don’t seem to think about or bother with, and making our own skin and hair products is one of them. We spend lots of money each year on shampoos and conditioners, hair gels and moisturizers, and countless other products. The shock comes when we realize just how much we spend on this stuff, and even more so if we choose the organic, healthier options. But, little do we know, there are cheap, simple, and healthy, hair and skin products out there, and they can be made right in our own homes.

The do-it-yourself mentality is a great one to have. If something is too expensive, or doesn’t exist, simply make it yourself. When we look at the world through the lens of “could I make that?” we find millions of projects just begging to be created. Good shampoo is expensive, so why not start there? For this recipe we will be making a coconut milk shampoo, but the fragrance is up to you.

First you will need the following:

  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 2/3 cup castile soap
  • 1 tsp vitamin E oil
  • 1 tsp coconut oil (for scent)
  • A jar or container for the finished shampoo


Note that as long as you keep the same amount of coconut oil and castile soap, the other ingredients can be altered to fit any scent you please (lavender or vanilla work great).

Now, heat the coconut oil till it melts (30 seconds in a microwave will do it). Once fully melted, combine all the other ingredients together in a closed jar and shake firmly for two to three minutes. Once the mixture settles, it is finished. Use one to two tablespoons depending on your hair’s length. This mixture be kept in the shower for up to a month, and which point it should be disposed of. You have just made your own coconut shampoo, it’s really that simple.

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