Positive Youth Development

We’re committed to increasing high school graduation rates.

Positive youth development is a framework that guides this work. This framework is not just another program; it is a community-wide approach. It helps young people reach their full potential by increasing protective factors and reducing risk factors.

BUW has adopted the following principles to support youth in Berkshire County by:

  • Focusing on strengths and positive outcomes.
  • Building career readiness skills and employment opportunities.
  • Supporting youth voices and engagement. 

Programs You Help Us Fund

18 Degrees
Pittsfield Community Connection

Anti-Defamation League
A World of Difference

Barrington Stage Company
Playwright Mentoring Project

Berkshire Hills Regional School District
Project Connection at W.E.B. Du Bois Regional Middle School

Berkshire Theatre Group
Middle School After School Program

Berkshire Pulse
Performing Arts Program

Dalton Community Recreation Association
Leader’s Club

Flying Cloud Institute
Young Women In Science

The Focus is Our Children
After school homework and mentor program | [watch video]

Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center
Girls Inc.

Community Work Initiative
Pathways to the Trades

Railroad Street Youth Project
Mentoring Program
Sexual Health Initiative

Roots Rising
Youth Crews

Have questions?

Contact Katherine von Haefen, Director of Community Impact, at 413.442.6948 x20 or kvonhaefen@berkshireunitedway.org.