Rock the Block with the Railroad Street Youth Project
Second Annual “ Generation Block Party ” to be held June 12
Great Barrington, Mass.—Railroad Street Youth Project (RSYP), the dynamic youth empowerment nonprofit organization serving young people throughout southern Berkshire County, is pleased to announce that its second annual “Generation Block Party” will take place on Sunday, June 12th from 1:00 – 8:00 pm. This fun and festive community event is an intergenerational celebration of the successes of young people from across all of RSYP’s programs.
Block Party covers a lot of ground (and pavement)
The party has two locations. From 1:00 to 2:30 pm, a pop-up art gallery and the RSYP Youth Awards Ceremony recognizing youth accomplishments will take place in the alley by Rubiner’s Cheesemongers & Grocers (264 Main Street, Great Barrington), and the community is invited to offer their input on potential designs for the new mural celebrating the life and work of W.E.B. Dubois – a collaborative project of Carr Hardware, RSYP and local youth artists. From 3:00 – 8:00 pm, the party moves to the skate park behind RSYP’s offices (60 Bridge Street, Great Barrington), with live music, an inter-generational basketball tournament starting at 3:00 pm, and a skate jam at 6:00 pm. A cook out/BBQ featuring hot dogs, burgers, salads, watermelon and root beer floats will take place from 3:00 – 5:00 pm ($5/youth and $10/adults).
“The block party is a great way for our community to show how much they value the important role young people play in the southern Berkshires,” says RSYP Executive Director Ananda Timpane. “We hope everyone joins us to celebrate the accomplishments of youth.”
To learn more about how you can support Railroad Street Youth Project visit www.rsyp.org or call the RSYP office at 413-528-2475.
About Railroad Street Youth Project:
At RSYP, youth take the lead. They explore their full potential and become equipped to meet the challenging transition to adulthood. RSYP’s professional staff matches 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.
RSYP serves 14-25 year old residents of southern Berkshire County and the surrounding area through mentoring and apprenticeship programs, a sexual health education initiative, an all-youth board that funds innovative, youth-inspired projects and trips, job training and career counseling, and a drop-in center offering referrals, mediation, and advocacy services. Railroad Street Youth Project’s drop-in center is located at 60 Bridge St., Great Barrington, MA.