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Community Action Youth Programs provides critical support for over 400 youth through community service learning, employment skills training, substance abuse prevention education, anti-violence peer leadership, and after-school programs.Last year we served about 250 in ongoing programming, and an additional 600 through events, workshops, and one time service projects.
Community Service and Engagement
Community Projects & Events
Community Projects & Events offer a way for youth to get involved with short-term community service projects and community events. Opportunities have included a neighborhood clean-up, hosting a community meal, and a series of youth led workshops on topics ranging from the arts, to self esteem, to becoming an entrepreneur. Bring your initiative and ideas. This is a great way build your skills, make new friends, and help shape your community!
Shout Out! gives youth the opportunity to develop their leadership, organizational, and social skills through community engagement and service learning projects. Exciting projects are occuring! If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us.
Exciting projects are occuring! Ages 14-19. Greenfield, Wednesdays 3pm-5pm
Youth VOICE (Voicing Our Ideas through Community Engagement)
Youth VOICE is open to youth ages 16-21 who have had prior peer leadership experience. Do you have ideas surrounding current issues and challenges in our community? Of course you do! Get involved and have your voice heard on planning committees, coalitions or advisory boards.
Generation Q & TREE
GenQ@communityaction.us & TREE@communityaction.us
Generation Q is a confidential social and support group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth and their straight allies. Weekly meetings are planned and led by a team of youth peer leaders, supported by the GLBTQ coordinator. TREE (Transgender Rights, Education and Empowerment) provides additional peer support, advocacy, education, and leadership development opportunities for trans identified and gender non-conforming youth. Youth ages 12-21 are welcome to join! Call ahead or just stop by to join!
Generation Q and TREE meet on Tuesdays from 4-7pm in Greenfield and on Wednesdays, 4-7:30 in Northampton.
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.
Youth Works is a skill-building program focused on employment support, advocacy, and education for income-eligible youth, ages 14-21. Youth participate in one-on-one case management, workshops, and paid internships while working to set and achieve their employment and educational goals.
Youth Works meetings are set by individual appointment.
Already enrolled? Contact your case manager.
Interested in learning more about Youth Works and how to sign up? Please contact Jennie Davis-Bulko at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-774-7028 x4
Employment Readiness Support
Employment Readiness Programs are now available at Youth Programs! Are you in need of individual supports in education or employment? Are you interested in learning skills to be sucessful in work and school? Do you have your own business and want to know how to achieve success? Come join us for our drop-in support hours and special events! (Open to youth ages 14-21)
Programs for Early Adolescents
Open Act is an after-school group for early adolescents in Greenfield, Northampton, and Orange. Mondays Northhampton 2:30-5pm Tuesdays Greenfield, 3:30-6pm, Thursdays, Orange, 2-4:30pm. Middle school youth are invited to come and join the fun! Through cooking, group games, outdoor activities, field trips, and art projects, Open Act will get you moving, making new friends, and learning about lots of new activities and nutritious foods. Bring your own ideas for group activities too! New sessions of Open Act have started, call for more information!