Berkshire Youth Development Project

Stronger youths today become more successful adults tomorrow.

The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition and Railroad Street Youth Project work in collaboration to promote positive youth development through strategic resources, program and activity support across Berkshire County. Together we rely on the Risk and Protective Factor Model  using Prevention Needs Assessment Surveys to guide our independent and joint efforts toward greatest positive results.

We Help Youth

Build Skills
Network with Peers
Develop Leadership Skills
Experience Personal Growth

Prevention Needs Assessment Surveys (PNAS)

Twice a year in collaboration with Bach-Harrison LLC and support from various mental health and social service agencies, we review and administer the Prevention Needs Assessment Survey (PNAS) to students in grades 8, 10 and 12 across the Berkshire County. This survey asks many questions aimed at quantifying the prevalence of substance use as well as other risk and protective factors that may contribute to those rates. This helps us best pinpoint areas of success and need.  


The next PNAS is anticipated to happen in the Fall of 2018.