The Rye Youth Council -
                      Fostering Healthy Development in our Youth



Dear Friends of the Rye Youth Council,

I am extremely excited and honored to be appointed the new executive director of the Rye Youth Council.  For over 50 years, the council has been committed to enriching the lives of young people in our community through social emotional learning programs, service to others and leadership development opportunities. The success of RYC is made possible by the talent of its staff, the dedication of its board and the strength of its partnerships. Joining the team is a true privilege and I am humbled by the chance to build on the achievements of RYC and to be part of a community devoted to the well-being of all of its children.

In my prior position as the Executive Director of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, a global non-profit providing entrepreneurship education in under-resourced school districts, I saw how the challenges children face can be overcome by the genuine attention of one caring adult, and how their passion for learning can be sparked by teaching that inspires them to reach higher. I promise to work diligently with everyone in this community to ensure that our children are safe, understand the value of giving back, have empathy and compassion for those they know and individuals they have yet to meet, and are prepared for life in a complex and challenging world.

I began my career in Yonkers as a middle school social studies teacher, and to this day I can still remember the lessons that worked, the ones that didn’t, and the faces of the children who made up my first year class. As my career evolved I managed adult literacy programs and experienced first-hand how teaching a parent to read and write transformed families. It is these and so many other memorable experiences that have shaped my life-long commitment to ensuring that all young people have the resources to realize their potential and achieve their dreams.

And just to share a few personal tidbits….I live in Ossining, New York with my husband Mark Deitch, and am very proud of our children Ariel and Josh who are making their careers in the non-profit sector and education. I love the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, practice Bikram Yoga and bake at least six pies for Thanksgiving dinner.  

Thank you for this amazing opportunity. I look forward to getting to know each of you in the months ahead, and working together to secure happy and healthy futures for all young people in this dynamic community.

Diane Rosenthal
Executive Director


The Rye Youth Council is an independent nonprofit organization, built on the belief that our children’s social and emotional well-being is essential to their academic and lifelong success.

Our youth advocates offer programs that foster positive behavior, encourage social-emotional growth, and challenge students to see the world beyond themselves.

We work closely with the schools, parents and community to create positive goals and to provide a safe, caring environment for all our young people.

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