Greater Ridgewood Youth Council

The Greater Ridgewood Youth Council (GRYC) provides educational, recreational, cultural and employment programs for youth in Western Queens. In spring 2016, 19 student employees between the ages of 14 and 15 years old, participating in the GRYC’s “Work, Learn & Grow Employment Program,” undertook a community documentation project in collaboration with Queens Memory. Led by GRYC staffer Emily Waelder, the students conducted oral history interviews with local residents and digitized and cataloged materials from the archives at GRYC.