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!

Contact: Glen Franklin  GFranklin@communityaction.us


Leadership Development

Shout Out!

Open to all Franklin County youth ages14-18.  Group held in Greenfield. Transportation provided to Gfld & TF

Turners Falls (Tues. 2:30-5) & Greenfield (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 imrpove 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 & TREE

Open to youth ages 14-21. 

Greenfield & Northampton, 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.

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 


Workforce Development


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

Signaling Success

This is an activity rich employment readiness curriculum focused on identify and devloping soft skills, such as dependability, communication,and collaboration-essential to a first job as well as any career.  This curriculum (15-30 hours) is offered through partnerships with local schools.  Want to host a session at your school?  

Contact us. MLeMay@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 call us to see if they are eligible.  

Contact: LFournierLewis@communityaction.us