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 young people to lead the Riley’s Way movement by building connections and fostering meaningful relationships with peers, mentors, and community members from all walks of life.
Through the Council, teens practice leading with kindness and building bridges across barriers in their communities. TYWLS Astoria works with students from the Hewitt School, and meet regularly and learn, grow, and serve together as community change-makers.
Together, Council members engage in three key activities:
1. Building connections across and within their schools, providing students with opportunities to build relationships, challenge assumptions, and gain a deeper understanding of different identities and experiences.
2. Building and practicing leadership skills that emphasize kindness and empathy.