About Synergy

Synergy Youth Empowerment offers workshops for teens in the New York City area. SYE started in 2009 with the intent transforming the lives of our youth. We have been offering leadership workshops for over a decade under Synergy Education. As we continued to transform lives for adults the ask and demand was clear to empower the youth.



Our vision is to inspire our young adults to live with the courage, passion and conviction to create a life of meaning and purpose. We create leaders who deliver extraordinary results in their communities, families and personal lives.


Synergy’s mission is to bring inspiration & transformation to young adults in NYC and beyond.


Our Team

For 30+ years, Peter Griffiths has served as an educator, management consultant, executive coach and has lead programs to more than 50,000 people. An internationally recognized leader in the field of personal transformation and corporate culture, Peter is also a father to 3 young ladies and a pillar in the Synergy community and beyond.

Peter has been designing and delivering programs to professionals across the world and has built up an extensive body of work which has been recognized by governments in South Africa & Israel.

Mr. Naranjo specializes in empowering executives, teams and organizations to create extraordinary results by having them break through obstacles that have been limiting their effectiveness and allowing them to unlock untapped potential. He has trained, facilitated and spoken before thousands of people since the Synergy Group’s inception empowering people from all walks of life to step powerfully into leadership roles.

Mr. Naranjo holds a Master of Business Administration from the Stern School of Business at New York University and a Bachelor of Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.

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Stephanie Maslow-Blackman is the CEO of Metalicious, an online fine jewelry company based in NYC and the Director of the SYE program.

As a mom of two boys, Stephanie understands the issues both on the parent side as well as the challenges of being an adolescent and teenager.

Stephanie is committed to reaching thousands of inner city teens and to growing the SYE program to empower kids all over the country.

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Monica Mitry is a seasoned transformational coach with over six years of experience helping individuals reach their full potential both at Synergy Business Associates and in her role as a senior corporate trainer for a multinational marketing and PR company.

Having coached numerous leadership programs at Synergy Business Associates, Ms. Mitry is committed to empowering others and creating change and has ultimately impacted the lives of hundreds of individuals.

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Joe DiRienzo is the founder of H2jOe Swimming, a water safety curriculum developed to get children as early as 2 years old, swimming competently and confidently. Joe studied marketing and public relations at City College, where he learned to connect with families over various outlets to create a community committed to taking drowning off the list of leading causes of death for children under 5. He’s worked with young children for 8+ years and has combined his aquatics work with the transformational work at Synergy to ensure that every child feels empowered both in the water and out. When he’s not teaching, he volunteers as one of the trainers at Synergy, helping people to create extraordinary in their lives.


Learn more about the Synergy Group here.