Connecting public and private high school students to lead with empathy and kindness and drive positive change in their communities.

What We Do

Riley’s Way Councils connect public and private high schools to inspire teens to lead with empathy and kindness, and create programs that drive positive change in their communities. We directly empower youth to lead the Riley’s Way movement by building connections and fostering meaningful relationships with peers, mentors, and community members.

Through the Council, teens practice leading with kindness and building bridges across barriers in their communities. A single Council consists of about twenty students from two partnered schools – one public and one private – who meet regularly and learn, grow, and serve together as community change-makers. A faculty member from each school joins the students on the council.

Through our Councils, students:

• Build connections across and within their schools. Riley's Way Councils provide students with opportunities to build relationships, challenge assumptions, and gain a deeper understanding of different identities and experiences.

• Build and practice leadership skills that emphasize kindness and empathy.

• Learn about and improve social issues in their communities. Students work with a community partner to design and implement a service project.

Current Councils

• The Nightingale-Bamford School + The Young Women’s Leadership School in East Harlem

• The Hewitt School + The Young Women’s Leadership School in Astoria

Expansion Plans

We are excited to add a third Council between The Young Women's Leadership School of The Bronx and Horace Mann School in Fall 2019.

We will be expanding to include a boys Council in 2020!

Stay tuned for more details!