About Us

ycoutsideNorth Andover Youth & Recreation Services is a multi-service, non-profit agency serving the youth of North Andover. We began as a one-room office in the former community center providing information and referral services to teens and their families. Since 1988, we have continued to grow into a vibrant Youth Center running programs and servicing over 3,000 North Andover youth each year.

After conducting our programs in eighteen local sites for a number of years, we embarked on a dream to build a home. From 1993 to 1999 we raised 2.5 million dollars to build the Joseph N. Hermann Youth Center. In July 2000 we opened the doors to our new 18,000 square foot building. The center now offers the youth of North Andover a permanent home.

Our programs fall into the following categories: adventure, social/recreational, leadership, support services, and court-related services. We are geared toward middle school and high school aged youth. During the summer, we run a number of programs for our elementary aged youth.

Our dedicated staff consists of five full-time employees as well as a host of part-time employees and volunteers.   Funding for our department comes from a variety of resources: town funding, membership & program fees, and donations. NAYRS is overseen by a council appointed by the Select Board. The non-profit Joseph N. Hermann Youth Center, Inc. assists with raising funds, long-range planning and is instrumental to our survival as an agency.

We would like to thank the residents of North Andover for their continued support of North Andover Youth & Recreation Services and the Joseph N. Hermann Youth Center.


Rick Gorman
Executive Director