A Brief History of NYS
The NYS Team (well… some of them)
Director of the Department
Andrea, better known as Andi, has been with NYS since its creation in 2005. Andi has worked in youth programming and direct service for the last 15 years. Her background is in youth and human development (not that youth aren’t human, it’s just 2 different degrees), substance abuse prevention, and asset building. She’s most passionate about empowering young people and helping them find their voice, whether it is to advocate for themselves or their community. When she’s not behind her desk or at a program, Andi is off playing with her son, walking her dog, and eating out with her friends.
Margot joined the NYS team in March 2008 with a background in advertising, camping, youth counseling, and program development. Originally from Shaker Heights, Ohio, Margot has also spent time living in Indiana, California, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and now Maine with her husband Dave, with quite a wide array of jobs and experiences. She looks forward to building family, tween, outside the box, and neighborhood programming. When she’s not running around town or belaying, Margot enjoys being in the woods and/or ocean, cooking, photography, travel near and far, walking her dog Gus and acting silly with her niece.
Supervisor of Youth Programs
Lee got his start for Youth Services back in the summer of 2011 as the coordinator for Clipper Kids Camp. He has proceeded to come back for the summers of 2012 and 2013 to work for the Teen Trip programs and stayed to run the Rec Center. He came on board full time as the Youth Center Coordinator. He holds a degree from Salem State University in Art-Education and has a Massachusetts state teaching license for grades 5-12. Lee now runs the Youth Opportunities program, Teen Trips and the Rec Center!
Being an avid snowboarder, he has spent the last two winters teaching in Park City, Utah and traveling the country. When Lee’s not on his snowboard or at the Youth Center you can find him hiking up north, rock climbing, or riding his bike.
Laura worked for NYS from 2016-2017 before taking a hiatus and working in Western Mass for a year. We’re very lucky she wanted to come back to NYS to help run the Rec Center and Teen trips! Laura has a degree in history and education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She was also a member of the Minuteman Marching Band during her time at UMass.
When Laura isn’t at work you can find her hanging out with her dogs, reading Harry Potter, or binge watching teen dramas on Netflix. You’re also likely to find her watching the Red Sox or the Bruins depending on the time of year.
Project Coordinator of ECAB
Tina joined the NYS team in 2017 to help bring the positive youth development approach used at NYS, to other surrounding communities (Amesbury, Georgetown, Newbury, Rowley, and Salisbury) as part of the Essex County Asset Builder Network (http://www.ecabnetwork.org ).
Tina’s background is in program evaluation and research, and after receiving her Master’s in Public Health from BU in 2015 she started working with substance use prevention coalitions, with a focus on youth development. Her passion for working with and supporting youth led her to her current position with NYS.
In her free time you might find Tina on the pool deck coaching swimming, in the kitchen cooking or baking up delicious treats, or outdoors hiking or enjoying the beach.
Project Coordinator of ECAB
Chris joined our team during 2017, helping run Teen Trips and working at the Rec Center.
Our CORE Services
Recreation Programs year round from Birth- 18 and Families! Visit our online registration page for updates and information (including the latest brochure).
NYS is committed to empowering our young people. The Newburyport Youth Council is a youth-led community engagement committee for grades 7-12. Learn more about the Youth Council.
Newburyport Youth Services has chosen to develop its recreation, prevention and empowerment programming around the Positive Youth Development approach. Learn more about the 40 Assets and our “I Supoort YA” campaign.
NYS provides support to children and families in a number of ways. From the Parent Speaker Series to crisis intervention, programs to mentoring. Learn more about all that we offer!
NYS is committed to working with partners in the community to foster healthy youth development throughout the city! We are also passionate about enagaging young people in their own community.