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Railroad Street Youth Project culinary apprentices get a chance to flex their skills at annual dinner

May 7, 2024

"Over the 8-week semester, a handful of young people meet after school, every Monday and Thursday, at No. 10. In 2-hour sessions, which often include guest chefs from other restaurants, Vassos teaches the students not just about kitchen work, but also the ins and outs of operating a restaurant."

Photos: 413 Youth Conference at BU’s Tanglewood Institute in Lenox

April 9, 2024

"During the Railroad Street Youth Project’s annual 413 Youth Conference, students from schools across Berkshire County take part in varied workshops at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in Lenox."

The Winner of the 2023 RYSE Scholarship is...Sheyla Cruz!

November 2, 2023

Sheyla Cruz was selected to receive seventh annual Railroad Street Youth Student Empowerment (RYSE) Scholarship. Created in 2017 by local youth leader Zinc Estime in partnership with their peers, RSYP staff and board members, RSYE provides an opportunity for students to explore options after high school – whether at a private, state, or community college, through a gap year, or at a vocational school – in a safe and supportive space.

The 2023 Culinary Arts Apprenticeship Dinner Coverage!

June 1, 2023

“A program like this is a really good opportunity for young people to learn skills that will add to their expertise,” organization Director of Youth Empowerment and Advocacy Regina East said. “It’s also fun to learn to cook because it gives them empowerment, autonomy, and other skills". Check out the coverage from these two edge articles below!

413 Youth Conference Empowers Young People in Berkshire County

April 10, 2023

The 413 Youth Conference (formerly 411 in the 413) will be held on Tuesday, April 11th at MASS MoCA in North Adams. This annual countywide event brings together high school students from across the Berkshires for a day of connection, workshops, and fun. The conference is organized by member organizations of the Berkshire Youth Development Project.

Youth Leaders Deisy Escobar and Liza Price Appointed to Mass. AG Campbell’s Transition Team

December 21, 2022

Railroad Street is proud to announce that Liza Price and Deisy Escobar have been appointed to Attorney General-elect Andrea Campbell's Transition Team.

Railroad Street Youth Project has come a long way, and has far to go

June 3, 2022

The backstory of Great Barrington-based youth development organization Railroad Street Youth Project (RSYP) may be familiar to anyone who’s been paying attention to the South County nonprofit landscape.

2022 Spring Culinary Gala - Thank You!

May 30, 2022

It was an amazing evening of festivities, food, and fundraising

RSYP adds three new employees

February 7, 2022

GREAT BARRINGTON — Russell Allen, Marina Dominguez and Z Estime have joined Railroad Street Youth Project as senior mentoring coordinator, outreach youth worker and South Berkshire Community Health Coalition program coordinator, respectively.

413POC Starts January 24th!

January 24, 2022

A Space created for, by, and in complete commitment to BIPOC youth in Berkshire County.

Berkshire teens get hands-on experience with culinary apprenticeship program

November 12, 2021

EGREMONT, Mass. - Twice a month, chef Dan Smith opens his kitchen at the John Andrews Farmhouse Restaurant in Egremont to a group of students as part of the Railroad Street Youth Project's culinary apprenticeship program.

Ice skating rink in Great Barrington to warm a bleaker than usual mid-winter

February 7, 2021

GREAT BARRINGTON — It went from skate park to skating rink at warp speed.

The Railroad Street Youth Project and the BLM mural that tells a story

July 27, 2020

"The mural project is yet another example of what can happen when youth voices are heard and accepted in this community." - Zufan Bazzano, 2018 Monument Mountain Regional High School graduate

Talking To Teens Video Series

October 16, 2019

The Southern Berkshire Community Health Coalition, Railroad Street Youth Project, and Multicultural BRIDGE came together to make a series of videos to help parents and teens have conversations about substance use.

Inspired by author Barbara Bonner, Railroad Street Youth Project installs a community ‘Courage Wall’

May 17, 2017

“It takes a lot of courage to be a young person today. They are growing up in a time when young people are faced daily with uncertainty in an economically, environmentally and politically precarious world.” -- Railroad Street Youth Project Executive Director Ananda Timpane

Railroad Street Youth Project: Helping teens navigate being teenagers — and beyond

May 11, 2016

Now Railroad Street Youth Project provides apprenticeships in computer coding and robotics, photography, theatre appreciation and directing, cosmetology, and culinary arts.