Formerly called YPRC Free Community Paddling, the River Riders program was founded by Gerry Blackstone in 2003 at the Clearwater festival to introduce new people to the sport of kayaking. In 2006, Gerry requested that YPRC support his visions, suggesting that they provide Hudson River access to the public and kayaks for the local youths to cross the river and enjoy Alpine State Park. That year, the City of Yonkers provided storage for YPRC to operate at JFK Marina. In 2016 the program's name was changed to YPRC River Riders by Chevaughn Dixon to create a classroom on the water for young people to develop paddling skills & safety and become the next generation of environmental stewards. The program introduced formal kayaking and SUP tours and instructions three days every week from June to September. Furthermore, in 2017 with the support of the YPRC Board, a youth membership motion was passed for students and junior members of our community to join the organization at an affordable fee.