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 programs include: the Little Stars PreK, attended by 76 children; the I.S. 93 and I.S. 204 Beacon and 21CCLC Programs, serving approximately 2000 youth and adults; the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) which provides over 1200 young adults with both school year and summertime jobs;  nearly two dozen after-school programs (I.S. 25, P.S. 68, I.S. 77, P.S. 81, P.S./I.S. 87, P.S. 88, P.S. 91, I.S. 93, P.S. 102, I.S. 113, P.S./IS 128, P.S./M.S. 138, P.S. 153, P.S. 164, P.S. 239, P.S. 306, Hawtree Creek Middle School, Middle Village Prep Charter School, York Early College Academy, St Thomas the Apostle, St. Adalbert, and Divine Mercy).  


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.


Our Mission

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

Hank Kraker

Dominick Mulero

Joe Aiello

JR Velepec

John Hennessey

Our Executive Staff

Bob Monahan . . . . . . .  
Michelle Koch. . . . . . . . 
Janine Mahon . . . . . 
Gloria Chabrier . . . . . .  
Mary Benitez. . . . . . . .
Walter Welsh. . . . . . . .  
Xiomara Pina. . . . . . . . .  


Chief Executive Officer of Finance
Chief Executive Officer of Education and Programs
Director of Human Resources and Payroll
Director of Support Services
Director of Program Operations
Director of Program Operations


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