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Since 1980

The GRYC is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that focuses on education, counseling, truancy prevention, job preparation and employment opportunities. The GRYC currently serves over 3,200 youth and families per day and is always excited to welcome new members to our family.

The GRYC is a safe haven for neighborhood youth and their families.  We use a wide range of comprehensive and multifaceted programs to help children and adults find new avenues of learning and utilize everyday life experiences.

For more information, feel free to contact us.


The Greater Ridgewood Youth Council, Inc.

The mission of the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council is to improve the quality of life for youths and families in the borough of Queens through service.   The GRYC fosters a climate of purposeful inclusion where all can feel respected, safe, and connected.  We welcome and cherish the diversity of humanity, which includes differences in sex, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, range of abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, financial means, education, and political perspective.  These beliefs allow us to offer educational, recreational, cultural, and employment programs which empower ALL people to explore new avenues of learning and positive life experiences.  The GRYC is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), non-sectarian organization serving community youth and families since 1980.

Our Board of Directors

Henrietta Maier, Chairperson

Fred JR Velepec, Jr.

Henry (Hank) Kraker

Dominick Mulero

John Hennessey

Lois Engel

Teresa Stroble

Vineeta Hardt

Karamjit Dhaliwal

Our Executive Staff

Bob Monahan . . . . . . . . . .President 

Michelle Koch. . . . . . . . . .Chief Executive Officer of Finance,                                                  Budgeting & Audits 

Janine Mahon . . . . . . . . . .Chief Executive Officer of Education     
                                         and Program

Xiomara Pina. . . . . . . . . . .Director of Program Operations

Walter Welsh. . . . . . . . . . .Director of Program Operations

Mary Benitez. . . . . . . . . . .Director of Support Services

Click here for the full staff directory and email contact.

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