Railroad Street

Advocacy and Support

Railroad Street Youth Project is offering a ten session program for South County teens ages 13-18 years-old who may be looking to discuss how drugs, alcohol or vaping might be impacting their lives. With the support of a trained professional, individuals will learn skills to help them increase awareness, identify their values, and develop appropriate, adaptive, and effective coping skills.

The program is derived from the Invitation to Change Approach developed by the Center for Motivation and Change: Foundation for Change, which incorporates aspects of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT). The program stays true to RSYP’s goal of empowering youth by allowing young people to be the experts in their own lives.

For in-person sessions, our office is located at 291 Main Street (masks required), with local transportation assistance available. Zoom sessions can also be arranged.

For further information or any questions, please call or text RSYP’s Director of Recovery and Support Tim Johnston at 413-717-5759 or email at tim@rsyp.org


Railroad Street Youth Project (RSYP) is also hosting ongoing groups to help parents support their teens and young adults who use substances.

Weekly in person meetings are held at the RSYP Drop in Center at 60 Bridge Street in Great Barrington and are every Monday from 6:30 to 8:00. Participants are required to wear masks in the building.

Online meetings occur every Wednesday on Zoom from 6:30- 7:30. Email jaime@rsyp.org for the link. 

You may come to either or both meetings at any point, attend whenever works for you, and for as long as it’s helpful to you!

In the groups we will agree to hold confidentiality for one another.

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: https://cmcffc.org/our-approach


Meetings are facilitated by Jaime Cooper

Email: jaime@rsyp.org  

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