The mission of the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council, Inc. (GRYC) is to improve the quality of life for the youth of Western Queens. NYCEDC is creating a new state-of-the-art community center that will help expand GRYC’s services.
The mission of the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council, Inc. (GRYC) is to improve the quality of life for youth and families across Western Queens. The GRYC is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), non-religious organization that has served Western Queens since 1980, and has been an active leader in on-going neighborhood consortium efforts in educational, recreational, cultural, employment, and intervention and prevention counseling programs. Everyday they serve over 2,400 youth between the ages of four and twenty-four, with an annual budget of $7.8 million.
Starting with gut-renovations at the Garity Post building, NYCEDC is creating a new state-of-the-art community center that will help expand GRYC’s services. Garity Post will consist of four new classrooms for approximately seventy-two four year olds in their universal pre-kindergarten program (part of Mayor de Blasio’s initiative to provide full-day pre-kindergarten services to all eligible children). The effort includes adding additional special needs services, including physical therapy, speech and language pathology, occupational therapy, and other support services that do not currently exist in the area.