Elyse Varone is from Johnston, Rhode Island and recently joined the YIA team in September of 2017. She has a background in special education and spent the last four years as a behavioral specialist for teens with cognitive disorders. Elyse is currently a senior at Rhode Island College studying Youth Devlopment and Nonprofit management. After graduation she would like to pursue a masters degree in Education. She believes in empowering young people to be the best versions of themselves.