The Riverside Church values our youth and understands the importance of their contribution to the life of our church. They are an integral part of our community and our worship. On Sundays from 9:30-10:45 a.m., Middle and High School Youth will be involved in faith formation and strong community building with each other. They are then invited into the greater life of worship in the Nave with their families.

At least once a month, there will be an outing for the students to be able to spend additional time with each other, such as museum visits, retreats, community service, and other outings. To access upcoming events, please sign up for the Children, Youth & Families e-newsletter by emailing Minister Richard X III, Assistant Minister of Faith Formation.


Registration is Now Open

The Riverside Church values our children and youth and understands the importance of their contribution to the life of our church. They are an integral part of our community and our worship. In order for the Education Ministry to prepare the best possible programming, all children and youth are requested to register for this upcoming program year.

Registration will ensure we have your most up-to-date contact information and that our programs are ready to accommodate everyone.

2021-22 Children Youth & Families (CYF) Registration


You are cordially invited to a life-changing year!

Confirmation is one of the most monumental events of your spiritual life, and we would love to get started on preparing for it! The Rite of Confirmation is a special experience where the entire Riverside community gathers to help youth explore, discover, and deepen their faith. Here at Riverside, this process includes workshops, fun classes, worship activities, and field trips. You might even get baptized!

This year, confirmation begins in March and will be celebrated in October. Our prayer is that you will want to join together with us on this journey toward becoming more united with God and each other.

Orientation begins on Sunday, March 6, 2022 at 12:45 p.m. in 323 MLK

Click here to register

Career Day

The Riverside Church Career Day began on May 17, 1991, as Career Night for high school seniors, arranged by Riverside’s Youth Minister, Rev. Mariah Britton, and the team of Youth Mentors. The following year the event returned as “Career Day” on January 25, 1992, this time with the help of Business and Professional Women’s Association and the Black Christian Caucus. This event consisted of panels and opportunities for people from different generations to connect, talk, and encourage each other. Career Days continues to this day, nearly three decades later, as an annual event for young people in the New York City area.

The purpose of Career Day is to support, counsel, and nurture a diverse student body. It provides guidance concerning future career choices/options. Encouragement of continuous support network for students as they pursue their goals. Multicultural students cite a wide variety of reasons for choosing to attend our Career Day Fair. Ranging from exceptional conversations provided by professionals who are leaders in their various fields to the many organizations that offer various opportunities. Whatever the reason, the students you encounter at Career Day are seeking interests and motivations as diverse as their individual participants’ backgrounds.

Learn More About Career Day

Millennial Scholarship Application

The Riverside Church Millennial Scholarship Program offers youth involved in the ministry programs of the church scholarships to accredited colleges, universities and vocational programs. Annually the congregation gives several scholarships to eligible youth. These scholarships can be dispersed out over the course of one or four academic years. Since its inception the Millennial Scholarship program has dispersed more than $400,000 to youth involved in our ministry programs.

Download Application

Youth Spring Retreat

We invite you to join us at Silver Lake Retreat Center for an exciting weekend of team and spirit-building activities. Transportation, food, and lodging provided. The retreat is open to all youth in grades 6-12! We’re excited for a weekend away together to grow closer to God and each other! Registration is sold out!


 Justice in the City Youth Ministry Forms

All Youth and Parents are asked to read and turn in the following: