Our Groups & Programs

Youth Support Services

There are NO eligibility requirements for this program.

Hampshire County, Franklin County & North Quabbin

Introduction to Youth Programs: Curious about what Youth Programs provides and/or how they can  support youth? Come and  have an introductory meeting to find out  the abundance of opportunities Youth Programs has to offer!

1:1 Support: Struggling with your transition to independence? Need help navigating school or career goals? Get help looking for jobs, exploring career options, setting future goals, applying for college, accessing housing, mental health or other common resources –the list is endless! Call for an appointment today!


For Hampshire County please contact RHanna@communityaction.us

For Franklin County please contact   GFranklin@communityaction.us 


Leadership Development

Shout Out!

Open to all Franklin County youth ages14-21.  Group held in Greenfield & Turners Falls. Transportation provided to Gfld & TF

Turners Falls High School (Tues. 2:30-5) & Greenfield Youth Programs Building (Wed. 3:30-6)

Shout Out is an inclusive and energetic after school program, empowering youth as they take leadership roles in their schools and community.  This year we will work to improve school climate and norms.  There are NO eligibility requirements for this program, priority is given to families with lower incomes.  

Stipends are available for all youth leaders involved in the project.

Contact: Tyanna Normandin   TLionheart@communityaction.us


Generation Q

Open to youth ages 14-21. 

Greenfield Tuesday 4-7pm & Northampton Wednesday 4-7pm, plus monthly joint special events

Transportation provided to Gfld & TF (Greenfield Group) and within Northampton/Florence (Northampton Group).

Generation Q is a confidential educational and social/support group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth and straight allies. This peer-led group provides an opportunity for youth to make new friends, find support and get educated on LGBTQ topics. TREE (Trans Rights, Education, and Empowerment) provides additional education and support to trans and gender non-conforming youth during Generation Q meetings. Generation Q and TREE participants experience a safe and supportive space while becoming leaders in their community. Stipends are available for Peer Leaders.

GenQ Jr. Is held every second Tuesday of the month, from 4pm-6pm in Greenfield.  GenQ Jr. is a peer support group for LGBTQ+ and allied middle school aged youth.

In addition to weekly group meetings, Generation Q and TREE peer leaders and participants plan community events throughout the year, including the Kiss N Tell Ball, a GLBTQ friendly Valentine's dance, Trans Day Of Remembrance Vigil, and the Somewhere Over the Rainbow Youth Space and Open House at Northampton Pride.  Generation Q and TREE participants have also presented at a number of area conferences and spoken to students at local schools about GLBTQ related issues.

Contact: Zora Berman ZBerman@communityaction.us 


Northampton Youth Empowerment Group

Join us from 3:30-6pm for games, snacks, projects, hobbies and time with friends.  have an idea let's make it happen! 

Contact: Myck LeMay MLeMay@communityaction.us


Stand Up

Weekly social and support group for youth of color ages 14-21.  Come together and represent your strength and resiliency despite living in a racist society.  Show up anytime between 4pm and 5pm on Mondays in Greenfield. Group ends at 7pm. Dinner is provided.  There are no eligibility requirements.

Contact Glen Franklin GFranklin@communityaction.us


Workforce Development


 WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) Youth Program Franklin County, Hampshire County and  North Quabbin Region                                                            WIOA@communityaction.us

Enrolling youth ages 17-24
Hampshire County, Franklin County & North Quabbin

WIOA is an intensive workforce development program that gives youth an opportunity to work one-on-one with a case manager to achieve educational and occupational goals. In addition to case management, youth participate in occupational training, work-based learning experiences, and leadership development opportunities. Participants also receive supportive services, advocacy, and referrals. Currently enrolling youth ages 17+ who are not in high school.

Career Pathways Exploration and Training

Open to WIOA & Northampton YouthWorks participants

Learn about the types of available jobs, assess your skills and interests to find the right fit, visit local employers, get hands-on experience, learn about educational options, and find out who’s hiring and what they look for.

Contact:    LFournierLewis@communityaction.us 


Northampton Youthworks

Enrolling youth ages 17-21 in the city of Northampton

Eligible youth have the opportunity to participate in paid Work Readiness training and work based learning opportunities, gaining experience, job skills and access to growing career paths in the area.

Contact: YouthWorks@communityaction.us 


BOG Program

The BOG (Bridging The Opportunity Gap)program provides employment-related services to DYS youth. BOG programs offer comprehensive employability services including career readiness training and a subsidized employment experience.  Youth are prepared to enter into the workforce through career readiness services through participation in subsidized work-based learning opportunities that allow participants to apply skills in work settings. 

Contact:  RHannah@communityaction.us

Summer Jobs and Beyond

Summer Jobs and Beyond is a new program providing career development, academic support and paid internships to high school juniors and seniors in Turners Falls, Ware and Mahar High School.  Interested youth should contact their school guidance counselors for an application or contact us to see if they are eligible.  

Contact: LFournierLewis@communityaction.us