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A Brief History of NYS

The NYS Team (well… some of them)

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Andrea Egmont

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.

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Margot Petler

Assistant Director

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 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.

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Lee Gordon

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.

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Ryan Kelley

Program Coordinator

Ryan does it all!  He can be found in the rec center, on trips, running programs and helping at NYS events. Outside of here, Ryan spends hours creating beautiful art.

Laura Johnson

Program Coordinator

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.