U N I T Y stands for:
United, Neighboring, Interdependent, Trusted Youth

The opportunity to be powerful.

UNITY brings together diverse groups of adolescents in spaces and initiatives that allow them to express themselves while learning to become leaders in their community and their own lives.

We engage adult and college-aged program leaders who believe in the personal power of teenagers and facilitate programming designed to help each young person move forward in life. All of our activities are free and we provide transportation as much as possible to enable participation regardless of a teen’s family’s ability to give him or her a ride.

Youth Leadership Program – Tuesdays 6:15pm-8:15pm, nbCC Conference Room

If you could change one thing about your community, your school, or yourself, what would it be? Our Youth Leadership Program is the perfect place to come explore this question and work to make positive changes in yourself and in the world around you. We engage a diverse group of 20 teens in 30 weeks of leadership training and service project development. For the 2014-2015 school year, YLP runs 10/14/14 through 6/16/15. Apply here. For more information, contact Adam Tobin at atobin@nbccoalition.org or (413) 663-7588.

“It was the most amazing feeling getting to look at a completed project in front of you. We would be tired and hot, and it was all worth it knowing that we were really helping the community”. –Crystal, YLP

Teen Writing Workshop – Tuesdays, 4:15pm-5:45pm, nbCC Conference Room

Are you an aspiring poet or just love writing poetry for fun? Working on your first (or fourth!) novel? Do you write stories to explore some of the things you’re dealing with in your world right now? Or maybe you’re someone who hasn’t done much writing but is looking for a creative outlet to work through some issues and questions. If any of these describe you, then the TWW might be the right place for you! Open to all youth ages 14-19, with writing materials provided. TWW is taught by two teaching artists who specialist in helping young people find, strengthen, and share their unique voice. TWW runs 10/21/14 through April 2015. No application required, just stop in on any Tuesday! For more information, contact Jess Sweeney at jsweeney@nbccoalition.org or (413) 663-7588.

“There is an immeasurable amount of emotion that fills the room every week and it lingers until the next week. The space is needed for teens to have a safe place to share and come together.” –Chris, TWW

“411 in the 413″ Youth Conference – Annually in April—2015 Conference date TBD

Each year, UNITY staff and youth team up with other youth and adults from the Railroad Street Youth Project and the Pittsfield Prevention Partnership to organize this unique opportunity for teenagers from across Berkshire County to gather and explore, debate, and address topics of special interest to young people at YMCA Camp Becket-Chimney Corners. All Berkshire County high schools are invited to send up to 10 students at no cost to enjoy a day of dynamic speakers and creative, interactive workshops offered by community members, teachers, and other youth. We are also always looking for young people to help serve on the planning committee and bring their own vision to table to help make each year’s conference special! For more information, contact Adam Tobin at atobin@nbccoalition.org or (413) 663-7588.

Northern Berkshire Youth Collaborative – 1st Wednesday of each Month, Sept-June, 11am-12:30pm

The NBYC is a monthly meeting of staff from youth-serving organizations and schools that features networking and mini-trainings on youth work topics. Meetings are held in the nbCC conference room from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month, September through June. A light lunch is offered and all community members who are interested in youth issues are welcome to attend. To join the NBYC email list, please contact Jess Sweeney at jsweeney@nbccoalition.org.


In addition to the offerings above, UNITY staff and youth are available to design and offer workshops and trainings on a variety of youth development tropics. We also love hosting interns of all ages, from high school and up! For more information about UNITY programs, please contact:

Jess Sweeney at 413-663-7588 or e-mail jsweeney@nbccoalition.org or Adam Tobin at atobin@nbccoalition.org or (413) 663-7588.

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